City: Kaohsiung 高雄 가오슝 เกาสง
Country: Taiwan 台湾 대만 ไต้หวัน
Asia's first hybrid electric ferry is launched
Fri 03 Feb 2017 by Rebecca Moore
Kaohsiung Government has retrofitted a ferry with a Visedo electric propulsion system – making it the first hybrid electric ferry in Asia
Asia’s first hybrid electric ferry has been launched after the Taiwan city of Kaohsiung retrofitted its Cijian Island passenger ferry – with plans to potentially adapt the rest of its fleet too.
Kaohsiung recently retrofitted the ferry with a Visedo electric propulsion system, replacing the original diesel engine. If successful, the Kaohsiung City Government plans to retrofit the rest of its diesel fleet to help reduce pollution levels around Taiwan’s largest harbour.
Visedo OY, a leading Finnish manufacturer of electric drivetrains for marine vessels, commercial vehicles and heavy duty applications, worked alongside Taiwan’s Ship and Ocean Industries R&D Center, also known as SOIC, to complete the retrofit.
Visedo chief executive Kimmo Rauma said: “Given the geography, ferries are a vital mode of public transport across east and South East Asia but they are also the most energy intensive per kilometre travelled. Until now, diesel ferries have been a dirty but necessary part of life around harbours like Kaohsiung.
“Visedo has developed a cost-effective and efficient alternative, so rather than waiting until a vessel’s service life ends, harbour cities can swap noisy, dirty and expensive diesel for silent electric powertrains that are more efficient, can halve fuel costs and emit no fumes or oil pollution.”
Kaohsiung’s new ‘e-ferry’, Ferry Happiness, will halve daily fuel consumption while transporting 15,000 passengers every day to Cijian Island.
Visedo said it was estimated that the electric propulsion will save more than 25,000 litres of fuel every year.
Visedo retrofitted the 100-tonne, 23m-long vessel with an electric system to replace the original 300HP diesel engine. The powertrain was designed to ensure pure electric cruising for half the ferry’s operation time and, with fast shore charging, this pure electric percentage can be higher.
Head of SOIC’s system development ChihHung Lin said: “…the Kaoshiung City Government is committed to cleaning up its fleet and is currently considering the possibility of replacing all 11 of its vessels with this new type of e-ferry. This also includes embarking on a hybrid tug-boat project.”