First Electric Cruise Ship to Sail in China

The world’s largest electric cruise ship, the ‘Yangtze River Three Gorges 1’, set sail for the first time on Tuesday in China’s Hubei region.

The ship is a project financed by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Ministry of Transport in an effort to tap clean energy and green transportation. 

The Yangtze is entirely powered by clean hydroelectric electricity from the Three Gorges Dam.

The 1,300-passenger ship which is 100 meters long and has a beam of 16.3 meters, will mostly be used for Yangtze River viewing cruises near Yichang.

With a battery capacity of 7,500 kilowatt-hours, or the equivalent of more than 100 electric automobiles, the ship is completely powered by electricity.

The ship can travel 100 kilometers on a single charge, resulting in annual savings of 530 metric tons of gasoline and 1,660 tons of pollutants.

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