While a lithium ion battery-powered ship being developed by the Japanese shipbuilding company IHI Marine United may have the appearance of a vessel designed for cruel intentions, this potentially revolutionary ferry could turn out to be the future when it comes to aquatic mass-transportation. The ship is being designed to carry up to 800 passengers as far as 80 km per battery charge, and do so in a way that would much more eco-friendly than methods of transportation being used today.
Its Zero Emission Electric Propulsion Ship will use batteries that can be recharged at charging stations in ports it visits. The plug-in ship powered by lithium-ion batteries would run without a diesel engine, thus cutting its carbon dioxide or nitrogen oxide emissions to zero. -fareastgizmos-
The target date for a commercial vessel is currently set for 2015. This coincides with an expected decrease in the cost of lithium ion batteries, making the new type of battery-powered transport as economically-friendly as it is environmentally-friendly.