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Eco-Friendly Norwegian Ferries

The Electric Car Ferry by Siemens is the First of Its Kind

— January 25, 2013 — Autos
The name of the Electric Car Ferry may be a bit deceiving. No, it is not a ferry for electric cars. Instead, it is an electric ferry that carries automobiles and other road vehicles. The first of its kind, it will replace the old gas guzzlers used in Norway. Known for their complex system of ferries, one route of which can burn up to 1 million liters of diesel per year, the Electric Car Ferry could make a vast difference.

Created by Siemens, the Electric Car Ferry has been designed as a catamaran so as to minimize water resistance and weigh less than typical vessels. Thus the electric engine requires about half of the standard diesel-fueled ones. Siemens nevertheless reveals that "the crucial feature of the new ferry is that it only takes 10 minutes to recharge the batteries." It will take to the waters in 2015.
Trend Themes
1. Electric Ferries - The Electric Car Ferry is the first of its kind and could disrupt the traditional ferry industry by providing an eco-friendly alternative.
2. Minimizing Water Resistance - The design of the Electric Car Ferry as a catamaran reduces water resistance and highlights the potential for more efficient vessel designs.
3. Fast Battery Recharging - The Electric Car Ferry's ability to recharge its batteries in just 10 minutes presents opportunities for the development of faster charging technologies in the electric vehicle industry.
Industry Implications
1. Ferry Transportation - The Electric Car Ferry introduces a disruptive innovation opportunity within the ferry transportation industry by offering an eco-friendly and more efficient option.
2. Electric Vehicle - The Electric Car Ferry's electric engine and fast battery recharging capabilities indicate potential advances for the electric vehicle industry, particularly in terms of performance and convenience.
3. Clean Energy - The Electric Car Ferry's eco-friendly design and use of rechargeable batteries align with the growing clean energy industry, providing an example of sustainable transportation solutions.
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