Electrification of ships means lower emission and lower operating costs. New technology has made electric power a viable solution for ferries. Today, city ferries can charge for 10 minutes and operate for an hour. However, if the charging infrastructure is not in place the ship owner will probably not take the risk to electrify his ship.
City councils face increasing concerns about the environmental impact of their emissions, particularly those from vehicle traffic. Reducing emissions has become an important political issue and vehicle electrification is considered an important part of the solution.
Clean and silent, electric sightseeing boats are ideal for tourists who want the ultimate city tour experience and would like to enjoy and record their cruise on video without background engine noise.
Since 2008 Echandia Marine have been developing an electric propulsion solution that is suitable for planing motor yachts up to approximately 60 ft size. This system is currently being finally tested on Echandia Marine’s own prototype platform “Electra”.
Road ferries often travel the same route for many years and the trip is often short and close to residential areas. Clean, silent and cheap to run with very low emissions, an electric vehicle will reduce noise and air pollution and significantly reduce operating costs.
The demand for environmentally-friendly traffic solutions is growing, with increasing political awareness about health-hazardous emissions from diesel-powered vehicles and technological advances.