The Washington State Ferry (WSF) Hybrid Electric Ferry Conversion Project is part of a three-phase Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) program to transition to a zero-carbon emissions ferry fleet. This project includes purchase of equipment needed for the conversion of two Jumbo Mark II Class (JMII) vessels to hybrid electric propulsion and integration of battery storage technology into the existing diesel electric propulsion systems. Two of the four diesel generator engines will be removed and the remaining diesel generator engines can recharge the vessels' lithium-ion battery banks powering the electric propulsion system. Ultimately, terminal-based recharging infrastructure will allow for shore-side charging and full-electric propulsion. This is the first step toward the goal of a zero carbon emissions fleet and will help WSF reduce its environmental footprint.
Sponsor: Washington State Department of Transportation
Project Type: Alternative Fuels and Vehicles
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