Electric Ferry

On January 22, 2010, in Environment, Ferries, by CaptRR

The Zero Emission Electric Propulsion Ship is a 100-foot, 800-person ferry that sucks no diesel. Instead, the boat operates from a huge bay of lithium ion batteries, all while looking vaguely like it’s going to kill you and your family.

Just how many batteries are we talking about? Between 200 and 300 times the amount you’d find in an electric car—all for a fuel capacity of only about 50 miles.

For now, what you see here is just a prototype. Manufacturers at IHI Marine United hope to commercialize the machine by 2015 with the hopes that battery prices will be more economical.

via Gizmodo.com


7 Responses to “Electric Ferry”

  1. Maya says:

    Looks like the Cat that was here in Maine – diesel of course. The route we had was Portland to Yarmouth NS and Bar Harbor to Yarmouth NS. Due to the cost of fuel and the downturn in our economy, the Fast Cat will be prowling in other waters….

  2. fishfinder says:

    A range of 50 miles, is that safe? Guess it would depend on the route, but I’m wondering what happens when bad weather or distress or something else forces a reroute and this thing runs out of juice …

  3. Louie says:

    “Zero Emission Electric Propulsion Ship” – sure while running, what kind of emissions when charging, the electricity has to be generated some how.

  4. Seventy2002 says:

    “but I’m wondering what happens when … this thing runs out of juice …”

    The crew breaks out the jumper cables, the passengers report to the car deck and pop their hoods.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Have they figured out how to recycle the old batteries yet? Last I heard that was not yet solved.

  6. Swags says:

    @Loui: Yes, Electricity has to be generated somehow, but any full sized power production facility will be burning cleaner fuels and doing it much more efficiently than a ship’s engines can.

    @Anonymous (7:14): There are some recylcing programs in place, such as what Honda and Toyota have going for the hybrid batteries. How much material is actually recycled and how clean the process is, I do not know.

    What I’m wondering is how they plan to recharge this sucker quickly enough for a return trip?

  7. Ed says:

    Most ferry runs here in the Puget Sound are around five miles or less. I assume the fifty mile range includes solar panels. If it were charging while loading people and at night when runs are few. Seems like it could work here.

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