Sustainability with solar energy
In Wolfsburg, a solarpowered catamaran brings guests from the main Volkswagen "Autostadt" visitor centre to the off-campus "Safety-Parcour" driver training facility. This route was previously served by two conventional passenger ferries, which are now used for shuttle services and "Panorama Tours" around the "Autostadt" campus from Wolfsburg-Autostadt to Wolfsburg-Fallersleben and back. The propulsion of these remarkable ships is provided by two electric motors that are powered by solar cells on the vessel's roof. The solar ferries can be operated predominantly with solar energy as long as there is sufficient sunlight for the panels to harvest. The ships constitute a significant innovation in the public transport sector. The operation of such electrically-powered ferries, in this size and number, is unique in Germany.
In 2014, Weiße Flotte brought four innovative solar-powered ferries into service for the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BCG) in Berlin. The company operates these eco-friendly ships on two year-round routes plus two seasonal lines. They can each accommodate up to 49 passengers.
And last but not least, the Weiße Flotte operates a rowing boat ferry on behalf of the public transportation services "Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG)" in Berlin. The route exists for more than 100 years. The group's smallest vessel, the rowing boat "Paule III" started operations in 2015 and is able to transport eight passengers or four passengers plus four bicycles.
Sustainability with solar power
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