Watch: Say hello to world's first all-electric cargo ship. And it's autonomous

Chemical company Yara International created Yara Birkeland electric cargo ship.The electric ship will take sail for its first journey by the end of this year.  
By : HT Auto Desk
| Updated on: 31 Aug 2021, 06:01 PM
Screengrab from video posted on YouTube by Tomas Østberg-Jacobsen.
Screengrab from video posted on YouTube by Tomas Østberg-Jacobsen.
Screengrab from video posted on YouTube by Tomas Østberg-Jacobsen.
Screengrab from video posted on YouTube by Tomas Østberg-Jacobsen.

If you thought that electrification and automation of vehicles are happening only on land, think again. A Norwegian company has made what it claims to be the world's first no emission, autonomous cargo ship. Yara Birkeland, a Norwegian battery-electric container ship, has been developed by chemical company Yara International. This electric ship has been designed with an aim to reduce the emission of toxic gases and move freight away from roads.

(Also read | This electric surfboard is making big waves. Almost literally)

Watch the conceptualization of Yara Birkeland here:

The company announced the making of the concept in 2017. However, it is not the first autonomous ship as an autonomous ferry was launched in 2018 in Finland. It still, however, is the first fully-electric container ship, said the makers in a media report. Electric ship Yara Birkeland will make its maiden voyage between two Norwegian towns by the end of this year. It will also have a crew to test the autonomous systems.

Similar Cars

Find More Cars
Hyundai Kona Electric (HT Auto photo)
Hyundai Kona Electric
cc | Electric | Automatic
₹23.79 - 23.98 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price
Honda All New City (HT Auto photo)
Honda All New City
1498 cc | Petrol | Manual | 17.8 kmpl
₹11 - 15.21 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price
Mercedes-benz E-class-all-terrain (HT Auto photo)
Mercedes-benz E-class-all-terrain
1950 cc | Diesel | Automatic | 12.06 kmpl
₹75 - 77.25 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price
Honda City (HT Auto photo)
Honda City
1497 cc | Petrol | Manual | 17.4 kmpl
₹11 - 11.26 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price
Maruti Suzuki Xl6 2022 (HT Auto photo)
Maruti Suzuki Xl6 2022
1462 cc | Petrol | Manual | 20.97 kmpl
₹11.29 - 14.55 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price
Tata Tigor Ev (HT Auto photo)
Tata Tigor Ev
Electric | Automatic
₹11.99 - 13.14 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price

(Also read | Can't wait to get your hands on Tesla Cybertruck? Make way for Plybertruck)

This ship will feature a 7 MWh battery and will have a top speed of 13 knots. The power output of the ship is being stated to be over 3 MW total that is two 900 kW and two 700 kW units. With an ability to carry 103 containers, this ship's capacity is a thousand times more than an electric car, shared Jon Sletten, plant manager for Yara's factory in Porsgrunn, Norway in the report. He was also quoted saying that the ship will be charged at the quayside before sailing and bringing it back again. “This will replace 40,000 truck journeys a year," he added in the report.

First Published Date: 31 Aug 2021, 06:00 PM IST
Recommended For You
View All
NEXT ARTICLE BEGINS

Please provide your details to get Personalized Offers on

Choose city
+91 | Choose city
Choose city
Choose city
By clicking VIEW OFFERS you Agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy

Dear Name

Please verify your mobile number.

+91 | Choose city