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First Portuguese-built fully electric ferry being built

Danfoss Editron is powering Aveiro’s first fully-electric ferry, which will replace its diesel-powered counterpart, used for the one-nautical mile crossing between Forte da Barra and São Jacinto, in 2022.

The new e-ferry will enter operation next year and is the first Portuguese-built fully-electric ferry.

Built by the Navaltagus shipyard, the 37m two-deck ferry will be capable of carrying up to 260 passengers and 19 vehicles, an increase in capacity of 90 per cent and 30 per cent respectively compared to its diesel-powered counterpart.

Despite the increased capacity and change in power source, Danfoss Editron’s marine drivetrain system will enable the ferry to maintain its existing crossing time and speed.

Portugal is aiming to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and the electrification of its transportation sector will play a key role in supporting the country’s efforts to achieve this target.

Danfoss’ Editron division will provide a fully electric marine drivetrain system that will cut emissions and reduce running costs.

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