Ålesund kai

Battery-electric high-speed vessel

Norwegian county municipalities will in the next few years announce tenders for a number of high-speed vessel connections. The government has ambitions that some of these will be realised with zero-emission solutions where possible. For less energy-intensive routes, battery-electric operation is such an option. On the other hand, there is a need for more knowledge both about technical solutions and about the total costs for vessels and onshore facilities.

In this pilot, two county municipalities together with partners from the industry explore the potential for battery-electric operation on two specific routes.

Møre og Romsdal county municipality conducts a comprehensive technical-economic analysis for the Langevåg – Ålesund connections.

Vestland county municipality will map out possible solutions for charging infrastructure for the Askøy connections, which has previously been studied for battery operation.

Møre og Romsdal fylkescouncil gjennomfører en helhetlig teknisk-økonomisk analyse for sambandet Langevåg – Ålesund.

Vestland fylkescouncil vil kartlegge mulige løsninger for ladeinfrastruktur for Askøysambandet, som tidligere er utredet for batteridrift.

The pilot focuses on charging solutions and infrastructure for energy transfer from shore, which
is considered particularly challenging for high-speed vessels. The results will be used to determine the level of ambition in the requirements specification when the connections are to be announced in tenders.

The county municipalities also want to generalise the findings for use in other tender announcements as well.


The mapping of charging solutions and onshore infrastructure has been completed, and Vestland county municipality is taking the results further in a Klimasats-supported pilot project on port and charging solutions for city boat connections.

The work is now continuing on the analysis for the connection Langevåg – Ålesund, partly based on findings from the project “Fremtidens hurtigbåt” (the high-speed vessel of the future) under the auspices of Trøndelag county municipality.

The pilot is scheduled for completion in 2020.

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