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Cochin Shipyard to build Electric driven vessels for Kochi Metro

The state owned Cochin Shipyard had received orders for building 23 boats from the Kochi Metro Rail Corporation using electric technology to provide inland transportation between the islands near the city.

Kochi Metro Rail corporation given the contract for building 23 boats

The Shipyard Ltd (CSL) has received a Letter of Acceptance from Kochi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (KMRL) for building 23 boats. The Kochi Metro requires around 78 high-quality boats of international standards, of which 25, having a capacity of 100 passengers. The Kochi Metro Rail Corporation floated a tender and the Cochin shipyard bagged the contract.

These boats designed with in-house expertise

These boats offered by CSL are designed with in-house expertise, would be around 24 m long and powered using an electric propulsion system equipped with high quality lithium A titanium oxide battery will be used to run the boat for one hour, after which it can be charged at the charging stations of jetties in 15 minutes, thereby providing uninterrupted service to customers.  For emergency purposes and for achieving top speed, the propulsion system of the boats will also be connected through a hybrid system using power from diesel generators.

This project is expected to bring about a revolutionary change in the water transportation segment in India, with significant impact on the country’s effort to reduce emissions and carbon footprint. Conventional boats use diesel as fuel which causes pollution hazards for the Waterways.

Primary source of power for charging the boats from solar PV installations; eco-friendly

Considering that the primary source of power for charging the boats is planned from solar PV installations, it will further augment the benefits in terms of environment and sustainability.

Once this project is successfully implemented by KMRL, it will not only catapult India into one of the select nations in the field of electric water mobility, but will also  open up huge potential for emulating this model of environment-friendly and technologically-advanced inland water vessels in various other cities of India.

This, in turn, will be a major boost for the Government of India’s initiatives in opening up inland water transport in the country as a mode that is cost-competitive and less impactful on the environment.

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