Electric and Hybrid Car Ferries

Ferry operators around the world are upgrading their fleets to include more all-electric and hybrid car ferries.

Corvus Energy is the leading provider of marine battery energy storage systems for a variety of maritime applications, including electric and hybrid car ferries. As early adopting ferry operators and owners embarked on the decarbonization of their fleets, Corvus was active from the beginning. Corvus systems power several groundbreaking, first-of-their-type vessels, including the first all-electric ferry.

Sailing silent and emissions free across the fjord, the Norwegian all-electric ferry that led the way.

In Norway, people talk about the ferry revolution. It all started with the world famous, first all-electric ferry Ampere. Impressively, the vessel has now sailed a distance equal to over seven times around the globe, saving 4,500,000 liters of fuel and almost 8,100 tons of CO2. Learn more about the Ampere in the video below.

The Ampere was the first of many. Fast forward to today, Corvus Energy has delivered battery systems to more than 60 similar ferries, both hybrid and all-electric.

Electric and hybrid car ferries typically use battery energy storage systems for:

  • Optimized energy consumption by load levelling
  • Maneuvering into port and in shallow waters
  • Zero emission in port
  • Increased safety and reliability – including black-out prevention


  • Reduced fuel consumption
  • Reduced emissions
  • Reduced maintenance


Marine energy storage systems (ESS) are suitable for both retrofit and newbuild applications.

Corvus Energy powers more electric and hybrid ferries than any other battery system provider.

Over 50% of the world’s hybrid and all-electric maritime vessels are equipped with a Corvus Energy system. We offer a full range of marine battery energy storage and fuel cell systems suitable for a variety of vessel types.

For electric and hybrid car ferries, the Corvus Orca battery energy storage system is a good fit. The Orca delivers the high energy density and high charge and discharge rates typically required for car ferry applications.

Learn about our work with electric and hybrid ferries.

For examples of hybrid car ferries that use a Corvus Energy marine battery energy storage system, click here. To learn more about the first all-electric ferry, the Ampere, watch the video below.