Fjord 1 has signed a contract with Fjellstrand for the designing and building of a fully electric, battery powered ferry of the ZeroCat type.
The ferry is developed by Fjellstrand and will operate the route between Halhjem and Våge in Hordaland not far from the yard premises.
This is a larger and further developed version of the MF Ampere, which in 2015 made history being the worlds first car ferry to be driven solely by batteries. The new vessel will be equipped for both higher speed and longer range.
MF Ampere has been in operation for two years and has sailed a distance equivalent to 4 times around the Equator, giving valuable experiences to the further development of zero emission technology for ferries and ships.
The fully electric ferry will have a length of 87,5 meters and a beam of 20,8 meters and will carry 120 cars, 12 trucks and a passenger saloon to accommodate 296 passengers. In order to optimize for lowest possible energy consumption the vessel will be built in aluminium with a catamaran hull.
Zero emission and low energy consumption are key elements valued in the tenders, and this ferry makes it possible to run even longer ferry operations on batteries alone.
"We appreciate the trust Fjord1 has shown Fjellstrand for placing this order with us and see this as a vote of confidence to the development Fjellstrand is conducting for future environmental friendly ferries", says Edmund Tolo , Sales Manager of Fjellstrand AS.
Delivery will be Q4 2018.