Electric Cargo Ship Successfully Completes Trails in Yangtze River


  • China has tested its homegrown electric cargo ship.
  • It has a load capacity of 1,000 metric tons.
  • It was tested at the Yangtze River section in Changzhou, east China.
  • The vessel is powered by a 1,458 kWh lithium battery and supercapacitor.
  • It is equivalent to 40 electric cars and can replace over 20 metric tons of diesel if it conducts 150 voyages.

According to an article published in Xinhuanet, a homegrown electric cargo ship with a load capacity of 1,000 metric tons successfully tested the water at the Yangtze River section in Changzhou, east China’s Jiangsu Province.

Promotion of clean energy

It marks the beginning of the Yangtze River basin’s promotion of clean energy for freight ships to replace traditional energy.

Dubbed Zhongtiandianyun 001, the vessel is powered by a lithium battery and supercapacitor, which provides a battery capacity of 1,458 kWh, equivalent to that of 40 electric cars, and can replace over 20 metric tons of diesel if it conducts 150 voyages annually, according to the Jiangsu branch of the State Grid, which participated in the ship’s design.

Entirely built in China

The ship can cruise 50 km after it is charged for 2.5 hours, said Li Yaohong, marketing director of the company.

Roughly there are 80,000 vessels sailing in the waters in Jiangsu all year round, most of which use diesel as fuel, and the penetration rate of new energy is not very high, said Fan Xiaofeng, senior engineer of the port and waterway development center at the provincial department of transportation.

The successful trial run sets a very good start to support the popularization of electric ships, Feng added.

Charging facilities made available for electric vessels

Jiangsu Province has built a total of 4,918 charging systems in eight cities along the Yangtze River. The facilities will provide about 57 million kWh of power every year, which will help save more than 20,000 metric tons of diesel, reducing emissions of oxynitride by over 600 metric tons and sulfur dioxide by over 200 metric tons.

Boost the development of electric vessels

The charging facilities will help boost the development of electrical vessels and to a large extent cut emissions in the area, said Li.

The Jiangsu section of the Yangtze River is one of the busiest waterways in the world, putting local ecology under great pressure. Over 90 percent of the ships are driven by diesel, a major pollutant source in the area.

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Source: Xinhuanet


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