MF Ampere

The world’s first all-electric car ferry

70-100 m

1000-1500 kWh

Corvus ESS supplied to vessel and shore charging stations. Skipsrevyen’s “2014 Ship of the Year”. It is the world’s first electric-powered car ferry and generates zero emissions and minimum sound. The ferry was delivered in October 2014 and commercial operations began in May 2015. The advanced vessel operates on a 5.7km crossing in the Sognefjord between the villages of Lavik and Oppedal. It makes approximately 34 trips a day, each trip requiring approximately 20 minutes, excluding the 10min of loading and unloading time for cars and passengers. The project is the result of a competition launched by Norway’s Ministry of Transport and Communications in 2011 to develop an environment-friendly ferry for providing service on the link between the two villages. Norled won the competition, which granted the company the concession rights to operate in the route through to 2025.

Corvus ESS specifications:

Name MF Ampere
Owner Norled
Operator Statens Vegvesen
Integrator Siemens
Segment Cruise and Ferry
Sub-segment Electric and Hybrid Ferries
Vessel type Car Ferry
ESS capacity 1090 kWh
Delivery year 2014
Ship yard Fjellstrand
Ship design Fjellstrand
Newbuild/Retrofit Newbuild
Vessel size 76,4 x 20,8 x 3,7 m
Passenger capacity 350
Car capacity 120
Gross tonnage 1598
Deadweight tonnage 199
IMO no 9683611
Area of Operation Norway
Sailing route Oppedal-Lavik
Sailing distance 5,5 km
Crossing time 20 min
Charging time 9 min
Ship system All-electric
Bus Voltage 810-1050 VDC
Class DNV
Flag state Norway

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“2014 Ship of the Year” - Skipsrevyen’s