Denmark’s first ferry fully powered by electricity (MS Ellen) sailed between the islands of Aero and Als on Thursday, August 15. The passenger ship was constructed at Soby Vaerft )on Als Island) and built via partnership between Aero Municipality and the EU.
Although other ferries operating in Denmark also use electricity, MS Ellen is the first not to have a diesel engine as main power source. The ship was built in 2 years and experienced technical/design issues during its construction. In comparison to conventionally (diesel-powered) ferries, MS Ellen produces 50% less CO2 emissions.
According to Jacob Clasen, executive director with Danish Shipping, "Ellen may soon be accompanied on Danish waters by other ‘clean’ electric ferries."