For many city residents, ferries lie at the heart of everyday life, offering a quick and convenient way to get around the city while avoiding traffic-snarled streets. But while ferries are a part of many city transportation schemes, too often those ferries are still powered by highly polluting marine diesel. To put it into perspective, each year ferries transport nearly as many passengers as the airline industry and cutting carbon emissions across the board has become a priority, both because residents are demanding greener cities and regulations and laws are requiring it.
This is where Norwegian company Zeabuz, together with their partner Torghatten, has a solution. Their new ferry, the MF Estelle, was launched in Stockholm in the spring of 2023, and it is the world’s first autonomous electric ferry, built with sustainability at its core – and powered by 5G and IoT.
“What makes Zeabuz different is that we are fully electric, so we have zero emissions,” says Carl Petersson, Autonomy Engineer, Zeabuz. “We are trying to create a network of small electric ferries that are autonomous and that can travel short distances in cities, with very frequent departures. This will create a quick, convenient, and green mobility system to serve city residents.”