Greening the transportation on the Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands are trying out new solutions for transportation based on renewable energy. Cars, buses, and ferries running on sustainable energy already show good results.

The infrastructure for charging electrical cars on the Faroe Islands has been developed during the last couple of years. The first public charging station was set up in the city of Klaksvík in 2015. Today, there are 10 public charging stations located across the Faroe Islands, and 185 electrical vehicles were registered by the end of the summer in 2019.

Electricity for private transport was only one of the initiatives on the islands. The Ministry of Labour, Infrastructure, and Transport stated that the process of building a new hybrid ferry that will sail on electricity and oil is underway by “Strandfaraskip Landsins”, the nationally owned transport company. The ferry will be able to sail 1 - 1,5 hours on electricity from the batteries which will be charged when the ferry is in the dock. The ferry will sail to the smaller islands where the distances are less than 1 hour, so it is expected to sail mostly on electricity.  

Buses that run on sustainable green energy are also used in the Faroese Islands. The island of Sandoy is the first of the 18 Faroese islands to introduce this transportation. It is a pilot project with an agenda to expand on the Faroes. Sandoy was chosen as a test island as it is relatively flat and the distances between settlements are small.

Keywords: electric mobility, transportation, infrastructure, electric cars, hybrid ferry, green energy, Faroe Islands