Copenhagen, which aims to become the world’s first carbon-neutral city by 2025, is to spend 10 million kroner (1.34 million euros) to electrify its fleet of water ferries. The iconic vessels in EV form will be launched in Copenhagen harbour by 2020 and ticket prices will stay the same, says the city.
Mayor Frank Jensen said that municipal funds, which will be go towards the installation of charging infrastructure for the new vessels, was a good investment given that the current boats “pollute to a relatively high degree”.
“The new electric-powered harbour buses are crucial for our goal of reducing air pollution in Copenhagen,” Jensen told the local press. “I look forward to launching five new green harbour buses in 2020.”
Overall emissions for the city’s public bus transport will be reduced by 2.5% for CO2, 10% for nitrogen oxides and 66% for particles as a result, according to Danish newspaper Politiken.
The new craft will reportedly also be green in colour, larger in size and have more windows through which Copenhageners and tourists will be able to admire the city’s waterfront. The Danish capital relies on its waterways as part of the public transport system and the harbour buses cost the same as a normal bus ticket, ferrying commuters and tourists between landmarks such as the Royal Library, Nyhavn, Opera, the Little Mermaid Statue and Refshaleøen.
The move to fully electrify the fleet comes with a change in provider as UK-based Arriva will take over the service after winning a competitive tender issued before the original contract expires at the end of 2019. The manufacturer of the electric ferries has not been named.