China launches world's first fully electric cargo ship

Nov 15, 2017 15:36 IST
China launches world's first fully electric cargo ship

China on 14 November 2017 launched world's first fully electric cargo ship in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province. This 2000-metric-ton ship is the first in the world to use lithium battery.

The ship was manufactured by the Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Ltd. The ship is presently running in the inland section of the Pearl River.

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Highlights of the world's first fully electric cargo ship
• The ship can run 80 kilometers after being charged for two hours.
• The ship is 70.5 meters long and has battery energy of about 2400 kilowatt hours which is the same energy of 40 new energy cars.
• Its highest speed is 12.8 kilometers per hour, and there is zero emission of waste gas pollutants.
• The ship will be mainly used to run in the inland section of the Pearl River for carrying coal for the generation of electric power.
• This all-electric cargo vessel will help in reducing the shipping costs for electric power operators. The main cost of this ship depends on how much lithium battery it is equipped with.

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