Washington state, Norway compare notes on electric ferries
May 3, 2018
The rumble of the engine room is a familiar sound aboard a Washington state ferry, but that soundââ"âand the carbon emissions that go with itââ"âmay soon become a thing of the past.
A member of the stateâs Jumbo Mark II ferry fleetââ"âthe Tacoma, the Wenatchee or the Puyallupââ"âwill soon likely have two of its four diesel engines replaced with batteries. Once the conversion is complete, that hybrid-electric ferry would run on electric power most of the time, using the remaining diesel engines only in rare circumstances.
The money saved from converting that ferry to hybrid-electric power could cover conversion costs for the remaining two, Washington State Department of Transportation officials say.
The likelihood that the stat e will have at least one electrified ferry in the next several years is drawing international attention, in particular from Norway, which has one of the worldâs first all-electric car ferries. State transportation leaders on Thursday took KÃ¥re Aas, Norwegian ambassador to the United States, on a tour of the Tacomaâs engine room to talk more about the projectââ"âas well as how Norway and Washington might collaborate on electric ferry innovation.
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