Ellen: The World’s Largest, 100% Electric Ferry

In Clean Talk, Electric Mobility, News, Products, Technology, Wind

Land, sea, and air traffic all need to switch to zero emissions. Keep this spirit in mind lets meet Ellen.

Ellen is the most powerful 100% electric ferry in the world. She can charge at up to 4.4 MW, and battery size is 4.3 MWh. That is equivalent to ~50 Tesla Model S batteries. Or, alternatively, that is equivalent to 10 full grown African Elephants in weight.

The Danish islanders co-financed Ellen with the European Union. The ferry is projected to save 2,000 tons of CO2 emissions a year.

Ellen’s home is the Danish island of Ærø. She replenishes her power as she recharges her batteries. After which she loads her passengers on the 750-ton ship for a trip to a neighboring island. Ellen makes her carbon-neutral voyage 5 times a day.

The all-electric ferry is capable of carrying roughly 30 vehicles and 200 passengers.

Ellen can cover 22 nautical miles in a single charge, in Europe, it’s the average distance that 80% of the ferry transportation would ever travel. It’s recharging energy comes from the surplus of wind turbines on Ærø, which produce 130% of the electricity needed on the island.

Under Ellen’s hull, there are four quiet engines and 56 tons of lithium-ion batteries. Like completely electric cars, there is no backup oil-based generator.

Reference- Clean Technica, Euronews, Ellen website, CNBC

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