Finland’s first electric ferry improves efficiency


Finland’s first battery-powered ferry, the Elektra, reduces congestion in traffic between Nauvo and Korppoo. Service between Nauvo and Parainen in the Turku archipelago begins soon. Siemens will provide the technology for the new vessel on the Parainen-Nauvo route. The ferry will have battery packages charged with shore-side electricity, which are supplied by Siemens as their primary energy source, and diesel engines as a backup. Finland’s first hybrid ferry is a vessel full of state-of-the-art technology. Elektra is also Finland’s biggest ferry. With its length of almost 98 m and width of 16 m, it can carry up to 90 cars at a time. Currently there are two smaller, 60 m vessels on the route. The ferry acquired by Finferries will operate the route every 15 minutes and charge its batteries at both ends during the loading and unloading – in about five minutes. The ferry has two 900 kW propeller engines, two 530 kWh lithium batteries, and three 420 kWe diesel generators.

Contact Keshin Govender, Siemens, Tel 011 652-2412,


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