Our subsidiary Weiße Flotte is a pioneer in the field of alternative propulsion technologies. In 2014, Weiße Flotte introduced solar-powered electric ferries unique in Europe in Berlin and today runs four catamarans as one-man operations with magnetic mooring systems for Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) on the river Spree and on lakes around the capital. For the operation of the line F12 Grünau – Wendenschloss for instance, this means that about 40 % of the energy needed annually (as they operate all year round) is generated directly through solar radiation. During summer, the ferries‘ batteries still have 75 % of capacity remaining after 15 hours of shuttle service. Thus, we economize about 22,2 t of CO2 per vessel each year.
From 2015 to 2020, two more solar-powered electric ferries have complemented the portfolio in the Autostadt Wolfsburg. Currently, the Weiße Flotte also operates a seasonal shuttle service with the solar-powered ship "Sünje" between Sellin and Baabe. The solar panels on the roof of the modern ferry feed two electric motors with energy, so that our guests can enjoy the trips noiseless and at the same time emission-free.