100% Electric Ferry Crossing | Fully Charged 4k

  • Published on May 14, 2019
  • On our recent Tesla Model 3 test drive we crossed from Denmark to Sweden on a 100% battery electric ferry. The 4 kilometre crossing between Helsingborg in Sweden and Helsingør in Denmark doesn't seem that far, but this ferry is crossing up to 46 times a day, and charging for a few minutes each side. The route handles more than 7 million passengers and almost 2 million vehicles each year with crossings every 15 minutes.
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  • Jeremy Bradley
    Jeremy Bradley 5 months ago +640

    I absolutely love these non car electric videos. You spoke to the perfect person Robert in the chief engineer... What a star he is. Shipping is the next big carbon/pollution challenge. The world's shipping fleet turns out more CO2 than Germany per year.
    It's a big deal if more companies realise that this can be achieved - if only at short distances to start with. But that still would be huge for the local communities - imagine if all the Calmac ferries between the islands on Scotland were electrified. Isle of Wight ferry...

    • mPky1
      mPky1 2 months ago

      @michael > and wind turbines don't grow on trees. and neither do solar panels.

      mp: fuck you are dumb, batteries require enormous amounts of energy at the mine where the components are dug up and processed.

      Mines and all that heavy equip run on fossil fuels, not wind or solar panels.

      The energy to make the battery is MORE than a equvi petrol car would use in its entire lifetime.

      The $10k+ cost of a battery is basically you buying petrol for the mining equipment.

      michael: but you will only get comments from haters if you keep spreading truths like that.

      mp: Im not a hater, im just asking serious questions, you are a fool because you dont even think about the big picture.

      someone says EV cars are green and you believe them, fuck theres a sucker born every minute.

      so please tell me abot the fossil fuel cost of mining and manuf the batteries...

      michael: u know what kills me. if companies and governments were really so concerned about the environment, they would stop the re-engineering of everything ever year.

      m: fucking idiot you dont think of the future only of your stupid self.

      me, me, me, me...

    • nwmacguy
      nwmacguy 2 months ago

      @michael Indeed, that's why I said RNG (digesters) or synthetic gas (thermo-chemical synthesis). Both are man-made, not fracked. The later can use process heat from nukes ie NuScale SMR, MSRs, etc. The gas in that case is for using as a drop-in energy carrier for pre-exisiting propulsion, not an energy source.

    • michael
      michael 3 months ago

      @paul sehstedt - ur right. i don't. but i'm a keep it simple stupid type of personality. if it were up to me people that insisted on reproducing would be forced to dig their own grave before they were thrown into it alive. like i said, "humanity" is focked if all it has is 45 years of oil left. of course, thats all probably propoganda to help the case of drilling into alaska for oil. its all a moot point. people need their vacations to france, their sunday visits to the mall, their new cell phone every year and their new car every four.
      i have "heard" there are reactors that utilize the spent rods conventional reactors consider garbage. technology like that would probably be beneficial. nuclear waste is always better more spent than less.

    • paul sehstedt
      paul sehstedt 3 months ago

      @michael I've the impression you have no knowledge how DFR or MSR technology works, how save it is and how cheap energy can be produced. It can save oil. Oil is good for vehicles and shoud not be spoiled for heating or energy production.

    • michael
      michael 3 months ago

      @paul sehstedt - if we have 45 years of oil left then the world is focked. new york city alone uses 1 billion gallons of oil for heating a year. lets just face it. humans are on a crash course for extinction. cities are only growing. airlines are only getting busier. the population keeps growing. no technology would resolve our issues save cold fusion, and thats a technological myth. does dfr produce nuclear waste? if you say yes its still a dead end.
      stop reproducing. stop the growth of cities. stop air travel. limit cargo ship transport by imposing laws that force the standardization of every product we "upgrade" every year, whether it be cars, phones, clothes, boilers, appliances. stop the mass consumption of meat. replant the forests. make peace and downsize the worlds militaries 90% stop the mining of diamonds and gold and "precious" jewels. live close to work and that 45 years of oil will last another 400.
      the government don't give a shit. i read an article in the 90's. the military put a 1.9 litre tdi, a small bank of lead acid batteries, a generator and four wheel motors on whats normally a 10 mpg military hummer, and they were getting 40 mpg and better performance. so where is the development of such a simple solution to the vehicle fleets of the world? how much oil could have been saved in the 20+ years since the government realized this was such a simple way to triple fuel mileage? my vw tdi gets 40 mpg. that means with this conversion i could be getting over 80 mpg, gaurenteed. my vw weighs a quarter of what a military hummer weighs. a half litre diesel could be running my vehicle.
      we won't ever find the solution because governments are solely led by money, and they are more interested in telling us the answer is solar panels and lithium when the solutions have already been discovered.
      the basics of government policy are the same as military spending. the military pays (embezzles money to) the private sector to pay for shit we don't need. its why they are pushing all electric. the installation of hundreds of thousands of car chargers and the need to upgrade electrical infastructures to accomodate the huge loads these new "solutions" will create will allow the governments of the world to siphon tax dollars to huge corporations that will initiate the "needed upgrades" in order to resolve our "problems" and to help "save the earth".
      maybe we did have a misunderstanding. when i hear the word nuclear i cringe. any fuel, in my opinion, that u can't spill on ur clothes or touch with ur hands without it killing you seems like a weird and unreasonable choice.

  • Mary-Lou Coulter
    Mary-Lou Coulter 4 days ago

    4 to 6 not 46

  • alex clough
    alex clough 6 days ago

    Wow. mind blown.

  • Tore Lund
    Tore Lund 22 days ago

    Something wrong here: A heavy fuel oil ferry like this needs 160L of oil to travel one mile, making it electric, still makes it worse than any other form of transport, especially including all the auxiliary staffing and harbour stuff. Also as a passenger service, it has to sail with very few passengers during off hours, like in this video with two cars on board! So this is still worse even if is better ! What it does help with, is the massive amounts of soot that pesters the harbour cities, but this is stupid, though no alternative exists for islanders? For me to go to Germany, I can either take the ferry or drive 150 miles longer using two bridges. Guess what, not sailing 21 miles I can drive 400 miles further before it becomes worse in my gasoline car.

  • electronzapdotcom
    electronzapdotcom 27 days ago

    That's a really cool ship!

    MSM4U2POM Month ago

    Scandinavia leads the way, as always. Perfect application for an all-electric vehicle. Full marks to them.

  • threephase69
    threephase69 Month ago

    So..... This is the world's largest Chevrolet Volt??? 😂

  • Snarky . Live
    Snarky . Live Month ago

    Galveston, Texas and Port Aransas would be great places for this technology. TXDOT operates free ferry service between some barrier islands.

  • xawnia
    xawnia Month ago

    Very cool, thanks a lot FullyCharged for exploring alternative usages of electric energy other than cars! Really exciting tech for the future!

  • Mani Wasaki
    Mani Wasaki 2 months ago

    I am sooooooo mindblown... This is AMAZING! It's the FUTURE today

  • Ferry Nandi
    Ferry Nandi 2 months ago

    I'm fully charged

  • Daniel Does Random Stuff
    Daniel Does Random Stuff 2 months ago +1

    Hydrogen is the way to go in almost every transport system (Planes SHips and Cars) so why dont we start researching in this field instead of using so much human and natural resources building and developing batteries?

  • Philip Payne
    Philip Payne 2 months ago

    I love these engineering videos. Kryton asked plenty of great questions too. I welcome any sort of green energy and it is about time we stop suckling on fossil fuels. The petro chemical companies are very slowly loosing their grip and about time too.

  • steve horner
    steve horner 2 months ago

    Love these new cars, But what about trucks, delivery vans (oh my battery as run out) Shipping, Trains, Plains. Hydrogen with battery is the future.

  • Teije Delangeman
    Teije Delangeman 2 months ago

    Hey fully charged go to Holland for a hybride ship its called the Texelstroom and the compini is TESO

  • alex park
    alex park 2 months ago

    How long does it take to charge? 3month(

  • Colin Richards
    Colin Richards 2 months ago

    I like efficient ships... with plenty of salt and vinegar!

  • Nuhaantje
    Nuhaantje 2 months ago

    Nice work! I would love to see this system in action on the channel crossing between Calais and Dover as I use that crossing quiet often.

  • VM1
    VM1 2 months ago

    Small but Similar story

  • Emil Cozianu
    Emil Cozianu 2 months ago

    This was the first time I thought that you had absolutely no idea what the person explaining was saying

  • mathias barnby
    mathias barnby 2 months ago

    Don't forget the problems that they also had. For instant the charging robots could not see the boats so for a long time and could not position themselves if the boat were in high tide or loaded heavily so a crew was actually manually operating the charging robots for a while. That's why when you look at the boats on the side where the charging robots connect you will see that the boats are gray and not white and they have two charging ports instead of one . Also that the company making the batteries went bankrupt so for a while the fairies was actually sailing on diesel. They also have problems with a captain thinking that it wouldn't make it over would only battery power. A bonus fact reason why not all 3 fairies Were made electric is because one of them was built to only be used for short time before översyndsbron opened and they figured when the bridge opened that it would take some load of the fairies but they were quite wrong in that aspect so one of the fairies was only made to last 15 years but has now been sailing for 25 years

  • niceguy60
    niceguy60 2 months ago

    Translation : when someone says " it will Take 8 years to payback it means you will never see your money back

  • Da Ca
    Da Ca 2 months ago

    Been saying this for years the way to do it is to make all the infrastructure run on electric. Boats trucks, loaders, quarry equipment,all transport equipment except maybe aeroplanes

  • Ouli
    Ouli 2 months ago

    Wouldn't it be a bit easier and much more sustainable if it would run with Hydrogen? I understand the problems about hydrogen in cars. Safety and infrastructure are a big problem there. But here I don't see why not. They had to invest in port infrastructure anyway. Those charging arms needed to be designed and put up for exactly this ship.

  • Captain Tobias
    Captain Tobias 2 months ago

    Stick a sail on and we'll have a wind win situation.

  • Open Roader
    Open Roader 2 months ago +2

    As a rider of diesel powered ferry's in Italy, I can say, they are miserable beasts to ride on. Every place on the ship absolutely reeks of diesel exhaust. From the garage/cargo hold to the cabins to the open deck on top. There is no way to escape it. This past weekend I made the crossing from Corsica, France to Livorno, Italy and I was so nauseous from fumes after 6+ hours. I really feel for the crews of these vessels. Bravo to the engineer's that made this happen!

  • Francisco Carmo
    Francisco Carmo 2 months ago

    Awesome video!

  • stjernekikkert
    stjernekikkert 2 months ago

    lol a Tesla Model 3 on danish licenseplates.... that must be the only one sold in Denmark due to our goverment insane tax system on cars.... noone can afford EVs here.

  • joistein
    joistein 2 months ago

    And the electric power comes from where?

    • joistein
      joistein 2 months ago

      @Roman Val nuclear fuel is not good for the environment.

    • Roman Val
      Roman Val 2 months ago +1

      In Scandinavia? Hydro and nuclear. Very little fossil fuels are used for electric generation there.

  • gnoxycat
    gnoxycat 2 months ago

    Why are not all ships hybrid like trains are at a minimum?

  • asmund nyberg
    asmund nyberg 2 months ago

    This is old tech. In the west of Norway from 2014. It was the worlds first.

  • Ismaa-eel Smith
    Ismaa-eel Smith 2 months ago

    Hi. I'm an avid watcher of the channel from South Africa(hoping you would come shoot an episode here) . I got one question in this episode the does he say 640 or 6400 batteries? 640 doesn't sound like a lot. Like the Mercedes EQC had 340 batteries. Still a beautiful ferry

    • Hélène Étrange
      Hélène Étrange Month ago

      640 battery units but they hold altogether 4.1 MWh (4100 kWh) of energy, compared to the Mercedes' 80 kWh battery pack.

  • Atheer Omar
    Atheer Omar 2 months ago

    This is just one of my favorite RUclip channels! Thanks 4 some amazing coverage and content.

  • sef man
    sef man 2 months ago

    An electric ferry full of diesel trucks. Lol.

  • RMG Wheels & Spokes Lab.

    Before you drive that Tesla car, please, take in mind how much energy was needed to cross the ocean by the ship that transported it, then think about the diesel emissions generated. It´s not just about being electric. It´s about educating our minds to SAVE ENERGY and MATTER in our lives. If I had the chance to buy a car, electric, for sure (I don´t own any car yet), I will purchase it made as close as possible to me. (As I am from Spain... Nissan produces in Barcelona and Renault in France). VERY INTERESTING THE SHIP!

  • Darrell Wood
    Darrell Wood 2 months ago

    Good on you red dwarf star. ,,

  • paxwallacejazz
    paxwallacejazz 2 months ago

    Wow charging time so low.

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    paxwallacejazz 2 months ago


  • Save the Rhino
    Save the Rhino 2 months ago

    My question : If one of these things flooded (capsized, collision, sinking, what have you). How dangerous it is to the passenger, crew, rescuer, salvaging crew from electrocution ?

  • D B
    D B 2 months ago +1

    Gives new meaning to "Charging Dock".

  • Stephen Spreckley
    Stephen Spreckley 2 months ago

    Hyyva on!!

  • carl bole
    carl bole 2 months ago

    Only problem...I would not like to be within a mile if those batteries ever got dunked under water!!! Never mind the sealife!!!
    But I love electric...and I am careful with my cell packs on the boat! But very concerned...

  • Chris Shotwell
    Chris Shotwell 3 months ago

    Really really cool. Here in the Seattle area, we are looking to build new hybrid or electric ferries, and I'm hoping that we'll follow suit soon.

  • John Fox
    John Fox 3 months ago

    I am surprised at them opening the bow door whilst they are still moving - Herald of Free Enterprise?

  • Caleb Shonk
    Caleb Shonk 3 months ago

    Seriously? This crossing is less than two miles. I'm pretty sure it would have been way more economical and less expensive to just build a bridge between the two points. Rather than outfitting a ferry with all the batteries, equipment and charge points.
    Just because it's electric, doesn't mean it's better.

    • Lars Andersen
      Lars Andersen 3 months ago

      I live in Denmark (have taken the ferry dozens of times), and you're right about that bridge or a tunnel would be more efficient - but...The local geography, enviroment and heavy shipping traffic in the sound does'nt make this solution viable…There is a bridge/tunnel combo some 50km / 31miles further south though - combining Copenhagen Airport/Kastrup to Malmö.For this particular place, an electric ferry is the most viable, most cost efficient and most enviromental friendly solution - in my mind...

  • That's besides the point
    That's besides the point 3 months ago +1

    Thought I was about to watch Harry Potter !

  • John Buick
    John Buick 3 months ago

    Should have put Flow Batteries in it.

  • Mike Duffy
    Mike Duffy 3 months ago

    Modern long haul trains are electric, but some have a diesel powered generators to supply the electricity. Likewise, most modern, high volume ferries have been electric or hydraulic for many years with diesel powered primary power and multiple slave motors. This video does not tell us much

  • Jeff Porter
    Jeff Porter 3 months ago

    Great video but I couldn't help thinking this is one reason why there's a shortage of batteries for cars while watching this, how many cars could those batteries drive?

  • Siddis33
    Siddis33 3 months ago

    I don’t understand why they simply do not have a big battery pack on a truck that they drive on and off to be charged, and then plug in to run the engines during the crossing. The charging time is a bigger issue the longer the crossing is. And in this way, electric ferries could start servicing crossings without massive investments for the charging systems. One simply has a battery back on trucks being charged in both ends and simply driven onboard.

  • sarcasmo57
    sarcasmo57 3 months ago

    I want to see more of these.

  • Ake Hilding
    Ake Hilding 3 months ago +2

    Travelled with this ferry yesterday and onboard were a couple of Teslas, loved it.

  • Trinity Gaming
    Trinity Gaming 3 months ago +2

    Imagine installing solar panels on this ship

  • 308328928
    308328928 3 months ago

    School buses are next

  • F Terry Smith
    F Terry Smith 3 months ago

    17,000 crossings in a year? There are only 8760 hours in a year so I'm a little dubious about this claim. On the whole however good coverage of a worthy endeavor, thanks for the upload.

    • Steen Jacobsen
      Steen Jacobsen 3 months ago +1

      Each of the two BatteryFerrys (Aurora, Tycho Brahe) departs Helsingør 13 times a day , that is 4745 times a year per ferry. Multiply by 2 ports equals 9490 trips a year for each ship, or 18980 for the two of them.
      So I think the engineer was thinking about total batteryferry crossings.
      PS: Two more ferries are operated on the same stretch. (Mercandia IV, Hamlet)

  • Thank you for your compliance

    Very knowledgeable guy. Well done.

  • HardWarUK
    HardWarUK 3 months ago

    Coal and Gas power stations everywhere producing the electricity for all electric vehicles. Something wrong about that!

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    Brazuca Subzero 3 months ago


  • Steve J Louis
    Steve J Louis 3 months ago

    Great video! Do you guys know how much percent is being charged in those 5/7 minutes in port?

  • Mike O'Mara
    Mike O'Mara 3 months ago

    The automated charging system is something else, an extraordinary piece of engineering. I wonder why they don't put solar panels on the roof as well, seems like a lost opportunity to me