Electric bicycles and cars are now commonplace, but can we also power a massive 360-foot ferry with electric batteries? Yes, we can! In 2018, our local ferry company ForSea completed a four-year project to convert its two largest ferries – Aurora and Tycho Brahe – to run 100% on renewable electricity. The five-kilometre crossing between Helsingborg in Sweden and Helsingör in Denmark still takes just 20 minutes – but it’s now quieter and cleaner with no motor noise, vibrations, or exhaust. That’s not only better for passengers and crew on deck but also for the marine life in the strait. The 640 batteries on each ferry automatically charge for eight minutes every time they dock in both Helsingborg and Helsingör, with exclusively renewable wind, solar, and water power. With 92 daily crossings, carrying 4.7 million passengers and approximately 1 million vehicles per year, the two ferries make a huge contribution to reducing environmental impact. In the first year of service, the two ferries saved 16,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from being released into the atmosphere. Watch this short movie for an onboard tour of the technology inside the ferries or book your crossing here to experience a quiet, sustainable, and revolutionary voyage on the strait.
“This is the world’s first high-intensity ferry line that runs on 100% electricity. The ferries are as fast, safe, and punctual as they always have been but they are now much more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.”
– Anna Prytz, Head of Sustainability at ForSea