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GCF’s first electrically-powered ferry set sail in Stockholm at the beginning of August 2014. Virtually silent and producing zero emissions, it is the first and only ferry of its kind in the world.


Battery-powered submarines that run solely on electricity have been around for over one hundred years. 

Green City Ferries’ sister company, Echandia Marine, began to investigate how to bring this submarine technology  ‘to the surface’ in 2007.   There are numerous environmental benefits of running ferries on electric propulsion.

Many city councils are today looking for ways to reduce emission of CO2 and NOX in their cities. Traffic is the main source and, as many cities are built close to waterways, there is an opportunity to use ferries or boats for public transport.


A typical ferry with a 250 kW diesel engine and 1800 hours runtime per year will consume 120 m³ of diesel, which is equivalent to 1200 MWh. The emission per year will be in the range of 300 tons of CO2, 3 tons of NOX and 150 kg of particles.


A corresponding electric driven ferry will have no emission and the consumed energy will be about 500 MWh. The energy efficiency is 90% compared to 28-35% for a diesel engine.

Quick Charging

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The development of batteries in recent years has made it possible to “Supercharge” which means that a ferry can charge in less than 10 minutes and run for an hour. Charging will thereby hardly affect the timetable.

No Noise Pollution

There is also no noise pollution, meaning that GCF’s ships disturb beautiful surroundings as little as possible.
Wind-Powered Power Supply

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power source

Green City Ferries also owns a stake in a wind power plant from which we get the power supply, so there are no emissions at the power source.  This means that our operational chain from the propeller to propeller produces zero emissions.

Petroleum as a fuel source


Petroleum will not last forever.  As a fuel source, it also contributes to environmental disasters and creates geopolitical instability. Petroleum currently fuels 80% of the world’s transportation.  Natural disasters are increasing, whilst petroleum reserves are decreasing.  Petroleum is a significant source of emissions and noise pollution, which can be dangerous for humans and animals alike.  Studies have shown that airborne pollutants from petrol stations (or gas stations in the US) can contaminate the air with carcinogenic compounds like benzene, affecting buildings up to 100 metres away.

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Reducing dependence on fossil fuels means increasing reliance on electricity. Increased use of the electricity grid will increase demand, which can be met by renewables and more efficient power plants.
Many nations have signed up to the Kyoto Protocol, committing to lower greenhouse gas emissions by at least 18 percent below 1990 levels in the eight-year period from 2013 to 2020.

Europe has pledged to use renewable energy sources for 20% of energy consumption by 2020. Some countries have gone further. In Amsterdam, energy source will be taken into account when granting boat licences by 2020 and non-electric vessels will be banned from the inner city by 2025.



With Movitz, Green City Ferries is setting the first example.  The world needs to take Amsterdam’s lead and demand change at the political level. Many countries still tax electricity whilst diesel for commercial vessels is subsidized. Fortunately, solutions to reduce oil use for

transportation and reduce air and noise pollution are quickly advancing. Green City Ferries is committed to developing cleaner public marine transport and encouraging city councils around the world to adopt it.