The world’s first battery driven ferry, the MS Ampere, operates a passenger ferry route crossing the Sognefjord in Norway. The award-winning ferry was built at the Fjellstrand yard, and is operated by Norled.

Ferries are suitable to electrification due to its predictable routes and loads, established patterns and data (weather, tidal and current information). MS Ampere has now operated its route for over two years (start March 2015). The batteries are charged with the use of renewable hydropower from the grid on shore. This battery pack on board, like the ones on each pier, corresponds to the effect of 1600 standard car batteries. Charging at each peer takes only ten minutes. Fuel costs has been reduced.

This project has opened up a market in Norway: Now all new public ferry contracts will have low or zero emission technology. Knowledge and technology are transferred from different market segments and adapted to the specific vessels operational profile.

Zero emissions

Cost Reduction

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) at MS Ampere
Project finished, ferry operated route since February 2015 100%


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