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World’s first 2,000-ton electronic ship launches in Guangzhou

World’s first 2,000-ton electronic ship launches in Guangzhou
By Zhang Hui 2017/11/13 http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1075010.shtml

The world's first electric ship with a capacity of 2,000 tons was launched in Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong Province on Sunday.

The 70.5-meter-long ship weighs about 600 tons and can travel for up to 80 kilometers after a two-hour charge, People's Daily reported Sunday. The ship was loaded with thermal coal mainly for areas around the Pearl River. It is powered by a 26-ton lithium battery that can produce 2,400 kilowatts per hour, the report added.

As such ships do not use fossil fuels, it has zero emissions, including carbon, sulfur and PM2.5 and it could be used as a passenger liner or a working ship, the new site chinanews.com reported Monday.

"This kind of ship takes into consideration the harmony between humans and nature and can protect water quality and marine life, and should be copied by other ships sailing on local rivers," Wang Yongchen, a Beijing environmentalist, told the Global Times on Sunday.

In a related move, Central China's Hunan Province ruled back in 2015 that all passenger and cargo ships had to have sewage treatment equipment to protect the rivers, Hunan Daily reported.