BC Ferries' Electric Hybrids
February 1, 2020
Vancouver, British Columbia-headquartered BC Ferries has taken delivery of two diesel/battery hybrid ferries from Holland's Damen Group and has ordered four more. Known as the Island-class, the 265-foot double-ended ferries can carry up to 47 cars and accommodate between 300 and 450 passengers.
Besides having battery banks to assist in propulsion, the vessels are equipped with "scrubbers" to clean engine exhaust and also make use of heat recovery systems for interior heating and LEDs for lighting. They have been designed in such a manner that they will be capable of being converted to all-electric drive once shore-based charging stations have been completed along their routes.