California ferry operator Angel Island plans to convert a vessel that ferries visitors to Angel Island State park to electric drive. The repowered ferry is to begin operation in 2024.
PG&E‘s EV Fleet Program will support the installation of charging infrastructure via construction support and financial incentives. The utility plans to bolster electricity transmission to the ferry terminal and support the installation of charging infrastructure to help power the 59-foot, 400-passenger vessel for its ferry service, sunset cruises and chartered events.
“Getting adequate electricity to our ferry terminal is an essential part of this plan,” said Captain Maggie McDonogh, owner and operator of the Angel Island ferry. “We could not move forward with going electric without the important support we receive as a participant in PG&E’s EV Fleet Program.”
California-based Green Yachts has been selected to transform the Angel Island to an electric vessel.
“This electrification project wouldn’t be possible without sufficient electrical supply for fast charging between ferry runs. PG&E has been a great partner throughout the collaboration,” said Graham Balch, Managing Broker of Green Yachts. “An electric semi-truck requires 2 kWh to go one mile, and The Angel Island ferry requires 30 kWh to go one mile. The increased energy requirement per mile shows the significant challenge associated with electrifying the marine sector.”