100 meters long (328 feet) and 16.3 meters wide (53 feet) and with a capacity for 1,300 passengers, it is the largest electric cruise ship in the world. “Developed and built” in China, the Yangtze River Three Gorges 1 made a successful maiden voyage through the waters of the Yangtze River, off the city of Yichang.
In accordance with People’s Daily Online, the boat will be used “mainly for tourist trips” through said channel thanks to a 7,500 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack. The power source equivalent to more than 100 electric cars.
The configuration gives it a range of 100 kilometers (62 miles), with which local authorities calculate a reduction of 1,660 tons of annual carbon emissions. Sponsored by the Ministries of Transport and Industry and Information Technology, it is a project that seeks to “take advantage of the benefits of clean energy and ecological transport.”
The Yangtze River Three Gorges 1 meant an investment equivalent to $23.5 million dollars, which was made by the Three Gorges China Corporation and the Hubei Three Gorges Tourism Group, through the China Yangtze Power company.
The same version added that the world’s largest electric cruise ship boasts an automatic control system and an intelligent power management system. In addition, it generates low noise and vibration levels, which translates into more pleasant trips.
Although he has 20 years of experience, Captain Chen Guohai had never commanded an emission-free vessel. “Before, I had to use my own experience to determine if any equipment was malfunctioning. Now everything is monitored by computers”, he celebrated.