Yangtze River Three Gorges 1

World’s Largest Electric Cruise Ship Sets Sail on First Voyage

The world’s largest electric cruise ship, the Chinese-made Yangtze River Three Gorges 1, has set sail for the first time on Tuesday in the country’s Hubei province, according to the China Daily newspaper on Wednesday.

The ship, which is 100 meters long and 16.3 meters wide, has a capacity of 1,300 passengers and will be used mostly for Yangtze River sightseeing tours near Yichang.

The ship is entirely powered by electricity, with a battery capacity of 7,500 kilowatt-hours, or the equivalent of more than 100 electric cars. It can go 100 kilometers on a single charge, saving 530 metric tons of gasoline and 1,660 tons of emissions every year.

Powered by clean hydroelectric electricity from the Three Gorges Dam, the ship is a project funded by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Ministry of Transport in an effort to tap clean energy and green transportation.

Manufactured by China Yangtze Power Co under China Three Gorges Corporation and Hubei Yichang Transportation Group the ship is a move by the Three Gorges Corporation to tap into clean energy and green transportation.

As of 2021, the group had generated more than 340 billion kilowatt hours of electricity from renewable energy, equivalent to replacing about 100 million tons of standard coal and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by around 280 million tons.

Source: AA

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