The world’s first fleet of new-energy bulk carriers was launched in Huizhou over the weekend. Yiwei Lithium Energy has 18 ships, each of which can carry up to 5,400 tons, powered by a hybrid of batteries and combustion engines.
Currently more than 90% of global cargo ships run on diesel. These work well at cruising speed, but not for arriving and departing from ports, which are located close to urban areas. According to Liu Jincheng, Yiwei’s chairman, the company’s new-energy fleet aims to realize zero-emissions for ships coming in and out of ports, combining fast charging capacity, daily cruise hybridization and ship intelligence, with 30% less operating costs compared with ordinary commercial fleet of the same type.
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