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Pictures of the Future
The Magazine for Research and Innovation

Electric Mobility

Electric Boat Opens Route to Quieter Future for Venice

The Scossa is equipped with Siemens electric motors.

Travel between Venice’s airport and the city’s ancient center is about to become much more environmentally friendly – thanks to boats equipped with electric motors from Siemens.

The boat is known as “Scossa,” which means “electric shock.” Very simply, the boat’s propulsion system uses technologies already tested in the automotive sector and adapted to the naval environment; in doing so, it has set a benchmark for the entire small craft shipping sector. The boat is driven by a main electric motor which is powered by a series of batteries. The batteries provide sufficient power for the craft to travel along its local public transportation route in the historic center of Venice – the line that runs along the Grand Canal. They are then recharged by a generator during the journey away from the center.

The Scossa travels silently between Venice’s airport and the historic city center.

In this second part of its circuit, the boat switches its status from 100 percent electric propulsion to diesel-electric. During this phase, it reaches 30 km/h in the open lagoon, using the power of its diesel engine, which in turn recharges the batteries.

 “It’s like travelling on a sailing boat but is primarily a gesture of love for the city in which we live and work,” says Fabio Sacco, President of Alilaguna. “It is for this reason that we have long been involved in the production of zero-emission and environmentally friendly boats.”

“Thanks to the know-how and skills we’ve acquired over the years, we have achieved not only an advanced application in terms of technology,” says Giuliano Busetto, Country Division Lead for Digital Factory and Process Industries and Drives, Siemens Italy, “but one that is also safe and reliable.”

Angela Gherardelli