Ferries to go electric in Oslo by 2021

Five newly built electric boats will serve routes in the Oslofjord

Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grøtt / NTB scanpix
The conventional ferry “Oslo XI” docks at Vippetangen in the Oslofjord

Translated by Andy Meyer
The Norwegian American

Beginning in 2021, Ruter’s boat service in the inner Oslofjord will be outfitted by the company Boreal Sjø with five newly built electric boats.

“The electrification of the island boats in 2021 will make Oslo an exhibition of green maritime transportation and take us a step closer to the goal of becoming the world’s first emissions-free major city,” said transportation council member Arild Hermstad (Green Party) in a press release.

He said that all public transportation in the capital region will be emissions-free by 2028. Boats to Nesodden already reached that goal in 2020, while the island boats hope to do so by 2022 and the express boats by 2024.

Beginning in the summer of 2022, all five of the new electric boats will be in service. It is the first time Boreal Sjø has contracted with Ruter after a bidding competition with a total of five bidders.

According to Hermstad, the new offering, which will be more efficient, will have about the same yearly cost as today’s fleet. The new boats each have space for 350 passengers, while the old boats had room for only 236 passengers.

This article originally appeared in the January 24, 2020, issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.

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