China has launched world’s first electric zero-emissions cargo ship

China is now the proud owner of the world’s first all-electric cargo ship and has already put the vehicle to use.

As reported by China Daily, the 2,000-metric-ton ship was launched in the city of Guangzhou last month and runs in the inland section of the Pearl River.

Constructed by Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Ltd, it can travel 80 km after being charged for two hours. As noted by Clean Technica, two hours is roughly the amount of time it would take to unload the ship’s cargo while docked.¬†Other stats for China’s cargo ship include being 70.5 metres¬† in length, a battery capacity of 2,400 kWh, and a travel speed of 12.8 kilometres per hour.

 

“As the ship is fully electric powered, it poses no threats to the environment, the technology will soon be likely … used in passenger or engineering ships”
– Huang Jialin, general manager of Hangzhou Modern Ship Design & Research Co, the company behind the ship’s design.

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