Norway will soon launch a new ferry that will be the world's first all-electric commercial vessel, running entirely on battery power. It will enter service next April, and will be christened 'Future of the Fjords.'
Its near twin, Vision of the Fjords is already in operation by The Fjords ferry company, but is a diesel-electric hybrid that also has a conventional engine, while Future will not. Both ships are carbon-fiber-bodied hybrids that can carry 400 passengers at speeds up to 16 knots. The company serves routes to towns and villages along Norway's scenic inland coast.
The initiative is part of Norway's commitment, under the Paris accords, to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from its fleet by half by 2050, and zero by 2100. Although the country is a major oil producer, it's also the world's leader in percentage of electrics among new cars sold.