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Electrovaya super-battery to power world’s first all-electric ferry

Norway targeting a 66% reduction of greenhouse emissions by 2030.


April 18, 2013
by PLANT STAFF

TORONTO — Electrovaya and its Miljøbil Grenland AS subsidiary in Norway have secured an order for a lithium ion battery system that will power the Hisarøy Electric Ferry.

The ferry, powered by Electrovaya’s SuperPolymer 2.0 battery system, will operate as part of the county road between Mjånes and Hisarøy in Gulen municipality in Norway, connecting Hisarøy with the rest of Gulen municipality, and save up to approximately 180,750 litres of fuel over its lifetime.

It will operate 1.6 kilometre round-trips 10 times per day and charge the battery on the island between runs.

“The Norwegian market is expected to grow as the government has set a target to reduce the country’s emissions by two thirds by 2030 and vessel companies are looking for energy-efficient propulsion systems,” said Paul Hart, Electrovaya’s CFO.

The ferry is to be operational later this year.

Electrovaya, a Toronto-based advanced battery system developer and manufacturer, said the ferry could save about 500 tonnes of emissions; 480 tonnes of CO2, nine tonnes of particulate matter and volatile organic compounds, two tonnes of carbon monoxide and two tonnes of other emissions.