ABB hybrid-electric propulsion for Washington State Ferries’ newbuilds

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By Naida Hakirevic ABB has been selected by American shipbuilder Vigor Fab LLC as the hybrid-electric propulsion and energy storage system provider for the newest additions to the Washington State Ferries’ fleet, setting the largest US ferry system on course for zero-emission operations.

The new Olympic-class ferries, which will have the capacity to carry 144 cars and 1,500 passengers each, herald a new era for the Washington State transport operator in the shift toward technologies that enable significant reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fuel use.

Upon delivery in 2024, the initial vessel of the series will be the first newbuild in

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