INTRODUCING THE FIRST FERRY

OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD

INTRODUCING THE FIRST
FERRY

OF ITS KIND
IN THE WORLD

 

Echandia Marine’s first electrically-powered ferry is operated by Green City Ferries and set sail in Stockholm at the beginning of August 2014. Virtually silent and producing zero emissions, it is the first and only ferry of its kind in the world. Battery-powered submarines that run solely on electricity have been around for over one hundred years.  
Echandia Marine, began to investigate how to bring this submarine technology ‘to the surface’ for the benefit of the environment in 2007. There are numerous environmental benefits of running ferries on electric propulsion.

QUICK CHARGING

'SUPERCHARGED' CHARGING TIME

The development of batteries in recent years has made it possible to "Supercharge" which means that a ferry can charge in less than 10 minutes and run for an hour. Charging will thereby hardly affect the timetable.
QUIET

NO NOISE POLLUTION

There is also no noise pollution, meaning that a ship powered with Echandia's propulsion system will disturb the surroundings as little as possible.
WIND-POWERED POWER SUPPLY

ZERO EMISSIONS

Echandia Marine's propulsion system produces zero emissions at the point of use. Echandia's parent company owns a stake in a wind power plant from which we power Swedish vessels, meaning that our operational chain produces zero emissions from propeller to propeller.
PETROLEUM AS A FUEL SOURCE
A LIMITED
POLLUTING RESOURCE

Petroleum will not last forever. As a fuel source, it also contributes to environmental disasters and creates geopolitical instability.

Petroleum currently fuels 80% of the world's transportation. Natural disasters are increasing, whilst petroleum reserves are decreasing.

Petroleum is a significant source of emissions and noise pollution, which can be dangerous for humans and animals alike. Studies have shown that airborne pollutants from petrol stations (or gas stations in the US) can contaminate the air with carcinogenic compounds like benzene, affecting buildings up to 100 metres away.


CURRENT USAGE
80%
OF THE WORLD'S TRANSPORTATION
100
METERS AWAY BUILDINGS ARE AFFECTED
ELECTRIC ENERGY
IS THE FUTURE

Reducing dependence on fossil fuels means increasing reliance on electricity. Increased use of the electricity grid will increase demand, which can be met by renewables and more efficient power plants.

Many nations have signed up to the Kyoto Protocol, committing to lower greenhouse gas emissions by at least 18 percent below 1990 levels in the eight-year period from 2013 to 2020.

Europe has pledged to use renewable energy sources for 20% of energy consumption by 2020. Some countries have gone further. In Amsterdam, energy source will be taken into account when granting boat licences by 2020 and non-electric vessels will be banned from the inner city by 2025.

SETTING THE FIRST EXAMPLE
A CLEANER
FUTURE

Together with Green City Ferries, Echandia is demonstrating the possibilities of electric ferry transport. The world needs to take Amsterdam's lead and demand change at the political level. Many countries still tax electricity whilst diesel for commercial vessels is subsidized. Fortunately, solutions to reduce oil use for transportation and reduce air and noise pollution are quickly advancing. Echandia Marine is committed to developing cleaner marine transport systems and encouraging boat owners and shipyards around the world to embrace new technologies.

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