Data from the first all-electric ferry in Norway shows that the ferry cuts emission by 95% and costs by 80% compared to fuel-powered ferries. The ferry, called “Ampere”, was began operating in May 2015 with the goal of reducing NOx, CO2 and noise pollution, and resulted from a partnership between Norled AS, Fjellstrand Shipyard, Siemens AS, and Corvus Energy. The ferry’s reported success has led to an additional 53 orders for Fjellstrand to build.
Coinciding with the increase in demand for electric ferries, Norway has also inacted a new law banning cruise ships and ferries from entering the country's protected fjords, with the aim of making them zero-emission zones by 2026.
Maritime transport is seeing an increase in conversion to electric. Seeing that ferries often travel only short distances and stay for relatively long periods of time at the same ports, they are ideal for being converted to electric propulsion as they can maintain a high charge rate while reducing peak demand costs.