China launches worlds first fully electric cargo ship

  • China launched world’s first fully electric cargo ship in Guangzhou, capital city of Guangdong province. 
  • It is the first ship in the world to use lithium ion battery. 
  • The ship will be mainly used to run in inland section of Pearl River for carrying coal for generation of electric power.

More about the Ship

  • The 70.5-metre-long ship, which weighs about 600 tonnes, was launched in Guangzhou in South China’s Guangdong Province.
  • The vessel, manufactured by the Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Ltd, is powered by a 26-tonne lithium battery. It can cruise at the top speed of 12.8 km per hour.
  • As the ship do not use fossil fuels, it has zero emission, including carbon, sulphur and PM2.5 and it could be used as a passenger liner or a working ship, state-run Global Times reported.
  • On its inaugural run, the vessel was loaded with thermal coal mainly for areas around the Pearl River in Guangdong Province.

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