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.
— Stuart Wallace (@StuartLWallace) March 13, 2018
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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— Electrek.co (@ElectrekCo) March 5, 2018