Car ferry to be powered by electric drive system

Electric powered car ferry“Together with the Norwegian shipyard Fjellstrand, Siemens has developed the world’s first electrically powered car ferry. The 80-meter vessel can carry 120 cars and 360 passengers. From 2015 onward, it will serve the route between Lavik and Oppedal, across the Sognefjord. The ship’s batteries will be recharged in the breaks between crossings, a procedure which only takes 10 minutes. … [H]owever, the local grid is not equipped to deliver such a large amount of power in such a short space of time. To deal with this problem, batteries have been installed at each port. These serve to recharge the ferry’s battery during turnaround and are then themselves slowly recharged from the local grid. ” Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-01-car-ferry-powered-electric.html

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