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Norway ferries go electric

Norway isn’t content with being world leaders on taking electric cars mainstream. They now aim to do the same with ships, and like with EV’s they’re done with talking and started doing. As a result they’re getting a technical headstart and cleaner air. They also get very low CO2 thanks to hydro and renewable power generation.






After trialling Electric ferries for 2 years a Norwegian ferry operator found emissions dropped 95% and operating costs were down 80%. They have now ordered 7 more.

Obviously shorter ferry journeys where time in port can be spent charging are an ideal first target market for electrification of shipping. Although fewer people are next to conventional ship funnels they produce emormous amounts of air pollution – partly down to using cheap but dirty bunker fuel. So electrification provides potential big wins for air quality.

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David Nicholson

David Nicholson Is the founder of Rivergecko Ltd & MyUrbanCar which provide consultancy and advice for drivers and fleets to speed the transition from dirty fossil fuel transport to clean vehicles powered by renewable energy on land water and air.

The @MyUrbanCar twitter feed is a source of news & reviews of electric & plugin cars and vans in the UK.
The @rivergecko twitter feed & websites bring news and opinion on cleantech transport including cars, vans, buses, trucks, shipping, rail & aviation as well as autonomous vehicles & renewable energy, air pollution & motor industry news.

David Nicholson has worked as an underwriter at Lloyd's of London since the 1980's. His interest in technology goes back many years including interactive mapping, apps, green tech, boats, solar and cars.