China Launched World’s First All-Electric Cargo Ship
In November 2017, China just launched its first all-electric cargo ship, which will travel 50 miles at a top speed of 8 miles per hour on a single charge. Though it will be able to carry 2,200 tons of cargo with every haul, that battery capacity is barely enough to fulfil any transatlantic shipments. It will take just two hours to recharge, which is about as much time the vessel needs to unload at a destination.
The ship, manufactured by the Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Ltd, represents a technological breakthrough as it is the first in the world to use the lithium battery in a fully powered cargo vessel. Ports will have to be fitted with charging stations specifically for the ship. So far, only two ports have received the special upgrade.
“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, head of Hangzhou Modern Ship Design & Research Co, said regarding his company’s new innovation.
According to Chen Ji, general manager of Guangzhou Shipyard International, the ship will be mainly used to run in the inland section of the Pearl River, carrying coal for the generation of electric power.
Fully electric cargo ship launched in Guangzhou
China just launched the world’s first electric cargo ship