World’s First Electric Car Ferry Recharges in 10 Minutes | Wired.com
The world’s first battery electric car ferry is under development in Norway. It’s capable of carrying 120 cars and 360 passengers, and it can fully recharge in just 10 minutes.

Called ZeroCat, the 260-foot ferry will enter passenger service in 2015 on a route between Lavik and Oppedal. The ferry’s electric powertrain was designed by Norwegian shipyard Fjellstrand with battery technology from Siemens, and it will be run by ferry operator Norled.

Instead of a 2,000-hp diesel engine — which powers the current ferry and sucks up over 264,000 gallons of fuel each year — ZeroCat features an 800 kW battery that weighs 11 tons and drives two screws. Though the battery is quite heavy, the ship only weighs half as much as a conventional catamaran ferry, thanks to twin hulls made of aluminum. Those hulls are a slim design, which further increases efficiency, with Siemens estimating the ferry will need only 400 kW to cruise at 10 knots.

World’s First Electric Car Ferry Recharges in 10 Minutes | Wired.com

The world’s first battery electric car ferry is under development in Norway. It’s capable of carrying 120 cars and 360 passengers, and it can fully recharge in just 10 minutes.

Called ZeroCat, the 260-foot ferry will enter passenger service in 2015 on a route between Lavik and Oppedal. The ferry’s electric powertrain was designed by Norwegian shipyard Fjellstrand with battery technology from Siemens, and it will be run by ferry operator Norled.

Instead of a 2,000-hp diesel engine — which powers the current ferry and sucks up over 264,000 gallons of fuel each year — ZeroCat features an 800 kW battery that weighs 11 tons and drives two screws. Though the battery is quite heavy, the ship only weighs half as much as a conventional catamaran ferry, thanks to twin hulls made of aluminum. Those hulls are a slim design, which further increases efficiency, with Siemens estimating the ferry will need only 400 kW to cruise at 10 knots.

Notes

  1. trigger--fish reblogged this from smarterplanet
  2. crashandburn07 reblogged this from smarterplanet and added:
    Wow!
  3. breelee91 reblogged this from smarterplanet
  4. ah-thenah reblogged this from smarterplanet
  5. emilymariestoddard reblogged this from smarterplanet
  6. canasiamerican reblogged this from smarterplanet
  7. whenlifehandsyoupulp reblogged this from smarterplanet
  8. lostkiller reblogged this from smarterplanet
  9. higher-frequency reblogged this from smarterplanet
  10. cwilliamz reblogged this from smarterplanet
  11. lostandhufflepuff reblogged this from smarterplanet
  12. msdistress reblogged this from scinerds
  13. mckagan-duff reblogged this from kathu2
  14. peculiaraura reblogged this from scinerds
  15. done-with-your-feels reblogged this from iconstantlythankgodforpete
  16. kathu2 reblogged this from iconstantlythankgodforpete
  17. iconstantlythankgodforpete reblogged this from smarterplanet
  18. allthatisaroundme reblogged this from smarterplanet
  19. inappropriate-shenanigans reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  20. toutes-choses-egales reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  21. starlitskyz reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  22. randomminer reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  23. traversethemind reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  24. thesleeplesscinderan reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  25. gnarlysunshinestudios reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  26. beautysnaked reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  27. derpaderper reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  28. lovedancefloss reblogged this from thescienceofreality
  29. we-are-all-made-0f-stars reblogged this from thescienceofreality

Recent comments

Blog comments powered by Disqus