On Friday, January 3, 2020, China conducted a trial operation on the first all-electric passenger ship built by the China State Shipbuilding Corp
Named ‘Junlyu’, the ship was the first electric ship weighing above 1,000 tonnes to sail the Yangtze River, China’s longest waterway. It is also the country’s first electric ship with a length of more than 50 metres.
According to reports, the 53-metre-long electric ship, which took more than two years to build, is made with powerful lithium batteries and can carry over 300 people at a go.
During the trial operation which took place in a port in Wuhan City, Capital of Hubei Province, the ship was said to have sailed smoothly and discharged no pollutants.
According to Lei Hao, personnel with the State Grid’s Wuhan branch, “after five hours of charging, the ship can run for at least 10 hours.”
Lei disclosed that ‘Junlyu’ will serve river tourism beginning in 2020, even as authorities plan to transform more tourist ships into electric ones in the future.