All Electric Solar Ferry Planned for China

Watercraft manufacturer BMT Nigel Gee out of the United Kingdom has announced its plans to build an all-electric boat to be used as a passenger ferry in China.

The company says the boat will be approximately 75 feet long and be able to carry up to 150 people while traveling at a service speed of 10 knots or roughly 12 miles per hour. Little other details about the boat have been released, but from the image below it appears solar panels will help charge on-board batteries.

Electric Boat, Ferry, United Kingdom, China

image via BMT Nigel Gee

Solar powered boats are something we’ve covered a few times here at EarthTechling, noting plans for building a more eco-friendly cargo ship earlier this year, and interviewing a solar boat manufacturer that recently relocated operations from Canada to the United States.

The fact that China is set to receive the new craft sometime in 2012 strengthens the countries progress towards being a clean energy leader around the globe, something we recently covered in an op-ed piece from the Center for American Progress.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

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