Danfoss Editron has announced that the electric ferry Ellen has sailed more than 50 nautical miles (92 kilometres) on a single battery charge, setting a new world record for the longest ranging fully electric ferry.

The journey was completed at the International Energy Agency’s 7th Annual Conference on Energy Efficiency on 9 June in Sønderborg, Denmark.

Danfoss engineers supplied the ferry’s electric Editron drivetrains and propulsion motors.

Senior Lecturer, Marstal Naval Academy, Denmark, Henrik Hagbarth Mikkelsen, said:

The 92 kilometre trip on a single battery charge is the longest planned distance for an electric ferry able to carry both passengers and vehicles to date anywhere on the globe. We are talking about a clear record. On its normal, daily trips, the ferry sails 22 nautical miles, or 40 kilometres, from harbour to harbour before recharging.

Electric Ferry
Ellen is the longest ranging electric ferry

Ellen has been in operation since 2019, and is used to connect the islands of Ærø and Als in Southern Denmark. The electric ferry does not emit carbon emissions in operation and costs 24 percent less to operate than a new diesel ferry.

Kimmo Rauma, Vice President, Danfoss Editron said:

Ellen is an excellent example of the future for electric transport. It’s cleaner, greener, and more efficient than her fossil fuel competitors. Electrifying maritime transport is a clear-cut way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And Danfoss has the solutions to build new electric ferries and to retrofit existing ones to electrify them with the potential to reduce carbon emissions all over the world.

Danfoss Editron now plans to submit the world record to the Guinness World Records.


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