State owned Swedish power company Vattenfall has cooperated with electric propulsion specialist Echandia Marine to develope a new solution to provide fast charging for ferries and other electric vessels.
The “Power as a service” solution sees Vattenfall own and manage equipment including the charging station, the battery system and the driveline. It includes, among other things, operation and maintenance, electrical safety responsibility and any further investments during the contract period.
Echandia Marine’s operations include the ferry company Green City Ferries and it has now upgraded its electric passenger ferry E/S Movitz with a new battery system, based on Toshiba’s new generation LTO battery modules (Lithium Titanium Oxide), that among other things enables superfast charging.
The electric ferry E/S Movitz, carrying up to 98 passengers, runs in shuttle service in central Stockholm over a distance of about 10 km. As the world’s first supercharged electric passenger ferry of its kind, it only needs to be charged for ten minutes for one hour of operation.
The ferry service is sponsored by two real estate companies who want to offer their tenants along lake Mälaren sustainable commuting opportunities