Urbanization is a global phenomenon and increased commuting is a consequence as long as people want to get into city centres. Building new or widening existing roads will not solve the problem. To leave the car for public transport might not get you faster to your goal, because the buses use the same roads. Now, as many cities are located at waterways, there might be an opportunity to use them for fast commuting.
SOLUTION – HIGH SPEED + HIGH FREQUENCY
Using the inland waterways is a part solution to the traffic congestion. But it must be green. If green city ferries shall increase their market share in the urban commuting market they have to be competitive. The electric high-speed ferries outperform their diesel driven colleagues by having no emission and only a fraction of the energy costs.
WHAT WE DO
Green City Ferries offers electric ferries and charging stations — we provide complete traffic solutions.
Green City Ferries was started by a team of people with a shared passion for electric waterborne transport and all its wonderful qualities: silence, zero-emissions, clean air: a calm and invigorating travel experience. Together we decided to take steps to change the world.
In 2014, Green City Ferries announces the world’s first supercharged passenger ferry Movitz at a time when batteries are not on the agenda for ferries. In 2016, Green City Ferries announces the world’s fastest supercharged ferry BB Green when batteries are accepted but not for high-speed ferries.
It all began in 2013 when the Swedish Power Authority granted € 1 M for the realization of an electric passenger ferry in operations, which lead to the retrofit of the Movitz ferry. The following year, we joined the BB Green project funded through EU:s FP 7 program as system integrator and responsible for the driveline. Following the completion in 2016, EU decides to fund further refinement and market introduction of BB Green through the Horizon 2020 SME program. First delivery is expected in beginning of 2019.
In 2015, we received the award “Engineer of the year” at the Electric and Hybrid Marine Expo. Two years later, Green City Ferries receives the “Propulsion System of the Year” award for the BB Green driveline.
BB Green is our main and unchallenged offer to the market. However, through our cooperation with various shipyards we can offer other types of electric ferries with our drivelines and charging stations.
The extreme development of batteries lately shows that today it is possible to recharge batteries in 10 – 15 minutes. While people get off and on. For high speed applications, energy efficiency is crucial. Less energy needed means less battery capacity and weight, which means even less energy needed.
The marine industry is recognizing the potential for Energy Storage Systems (ESS) on vessel generator systems with variable operating profiles, fluctuating loads to provide efficiency and reliability improvements and thereby reducing fuel consumption, emissions and maintenance costs.