A 30-passenger all-electric ferry is due to enter service in Stockholm in 2023. Funded by the city’s boat builder, Candela Speedboat, and the Swedish transport authority, the 12m-long P-30 is claimed to be the world’s fastest and most energy-efficient electric vessel, with the longest range.
Candela said that the craft will reduce energy consumption by 80% compared with today’s most efficient fast ferries. It will consume about three kW/hours of energy per nautical mile, roughly equivalent to the consumption of a modern electric hybrid bus or about a tenth of a conventional vessel.
Eventually, the city’s ageing fleet of 60 diesel-powered boats that currently transport commuters and visitors between the city and the 30,000-island archipelago nearby could all be replaced. With an endurance of three hours at 20 knots, the P-30 will be able to serve even the furthest outlying islands, its builder said in a statement.
Gustav Hasselskog, Candela founder and CEO, commented: “Today, most of our waterways are unused for mass transit even though most highways are congested during rush-hour traffic. Opening up urban waterways for high-speed electric transport can revolutionise commuting in cities such as San Francisco, Seoul or Amsterdam at a very low cost. There’s no need to build new infrastructure.”
Sea trials will begin in 2022 before the ferry starts commercial operation early the following year.
Stockholm to commission electric fast ferry in 2023