E-ferry Ellen takes maiden voyage

The e-ferry Ellen made its first commercial voyage in August, between the ports of Søby and Fynshav on the Danish islands of Aerø and Als.

At 60 meters long and 13 meters wide, Ellen is the world’s largest all-electric ferry. She can carry 20 vehicles and 200 passengers. The ship is powered by two electric motors and a 4.3 MWh battery provided by Leclanché.

Ellen is part of the Danish Natura project, which aims to offer local residents environmentally friendly transport options. Launched in 2015, the project was funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 and Innovation Program. The ship is expected to be fully operational within a few weeks.

Leclanché CEO Anil Srivastava said, “We are very proud to provide a specifically designed unique lithium-ion battery system to this ferry. Over one year, it will prevent the release of 2,000 tonnes of CO2, 42 tonnes of NOx, 2.5 tonnes of particulates, and 1.4 tonnes of SO2 into the atmosphere.”

Source: Leclanché