6th June 2019


Denmark’s electric ferry soon to set sail – with no back-up generator

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The world’s most powerful fully electric ferry, Ellen E-ferry, is closer to setting sail with passengers onboard.

The non-polluting vessel, expected to save 2,000 tons of CO2 every year once operational, will travel seven times further than any other electric ferry currently in operation anywhere in the world.

It will cover a 22-nautical mile crossing between the Danish islands of Ærø and Fynshav and will be the first electric ferry to have no emergency back-up generator on board.

The ferry is just under 60m long and 13m wide, with the capacity to carry 198 passengers in summer months, travelling between 13-15.5 knots.

In winter the capacity will drop to 147 and the ferry will be able to carry 31 cars or five trucks on its open deck.

Ole Wej Petersen, Ærø Kommune’s mayor, said: “The E-ferry project is a very good and concrete example of how a climate friendly future can look like. A ferry that runs on green electricity without discharging any environmentally harmful substances. I hope people will come to Ærø to experience Ellen and see how the standard for ferry transport can be in the future. Not only in Denmark but all over the world.”

Kim Fausing, CEO of Danfoss, the firm that provided the motors for the ferry, said: “Ellen is an excellent example of the future for electric transport: cleaner, greener and more efficient. It is a great project which demonstrates the potential for electric ferries to end users and the industry itself.

“It is an EU project and will be an exemplar for electric transport for many years to come. Electrification is key for Danfoss’ success in the future. We will electrify complex machinery, achieving not only reductions in CO2 and other emissions but also improving the productivity and efficiency of such machines.”

The E-ferry Project is supported by the European Commission’s €80 billion research and innovation Horizon 2020 initiative.