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Trial operation of China’s first home-grown electric ship successful

A home-grown electric ship on Friday conducted a trial operation in central China on the Yangtze River, China’s longest waterway.

Junlyu was built in two years by altering an oil-powered ship, and it is the first electric ship weighing above 1,000 tonnes to sail the Yangtze

The ship is also the country’s first electric ship with a length of more than 50 metres, with powerful lithium batteries, the 53-metre-long ship can carry about 300 people.

During the trial operation at a port in Wuhan City, capital of Hubei Province, the ship sailed smoothly and discharged no pollutants

According to a personnel with the State Grid’s Wuhan branch, Lei Hao, after five hours of charging, the ship can run for at least 10 hours.

The ship will serve river tourism beginning in 2020 and authorities plan to transform more tourist ships into electric ones in the future.

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