Berne, 05 October 2021 – Fassmer, a leader in serial production of composite boat construction, and Torqeedo, the market leader in integrated electric drive systems for boats, have announced a fully electric ferry concept for public transport. The battery-powered Fassmer CIT-E Ferry operates without any air or noise pollution.
“Many cities worldwide are suffering from a high traffic density and congestion on their streets. To decongest land-based transportation, urban planners increasingly rely on water taxis and ferries. That makes the Fassmer CIT-E Ferry the ideal solution as it does not only reduce traffic on the streets and strengthens public transport but also operates emission-free. Especially in regard to climate change a vital benefit,” says Fassmer’s sales manager for boats and davits, Wolfgang Moewes.
The CIT-E Ferry can be operated in inner-city waterways very cost-effectively: commuter vessels typically operate at efficient speeds and are in use for 8-14 hours, leaving plenty of time for overnight charging. That reduces infrastructure and battery bank costs and makes the entire investment even more economically and ecologically beneficial.
Fassmer’s CIT-E Ferry is fully ES-TRIN 2021 compliant with up to a 100-passenger capacity. The modular concept allows the customer to adapt the vessel’s overall length from 12 to 24 meters, depending on the route serviced. The GRP construction, which is built in serial production by Fassmer, is especially lightweight and durable. The ferry, designed by Judel/Vrolijk & Co., has an efficient and low wash catamaran hull that delivers speeds of up to 25 km/h. Depending on the overall battery capacity and driving speed, 14 hours of daily operation time without recharging can be reached.
Torqeedo’s award-winning and highly efficient Deep Blue drive system is equipped with lithium-ion batteries with a battery bank capacity of between 80 kWh and 1 MWh of power. Twin steerable thrusters deliver continuous power of 100 kW (peak power of 130 kW) and rotate up to 360 degrees, making the CIT-E Ferry easy to manoeuvre even in the narrowest urban waterways.