EV shipping is set to blow internal combustion engines out of the water – more than 40% of the world’s fleet of containerships could be electrified “cost-effectively and with current technology,” by the end of this decade

EV shipping is set to blow internal combustion engines out of the water – more than 40% of the world’s fleet of containerships could be electrified “cost-effectively and with current technology,” by the end of this decade

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EV shipping is set to blow internal combustion engines out of the water – more than 40% of the world’s fleet of containerships could be electrified “cost-effectively and with current technology,” by the end of this decade



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11 thoughts on “EV shipping is set to blow internal combustion engines out of the water – more than 40% of the world’s fleet of containerships could be electrified “cost-effectively and with current technology,” by the end of this decade

  1. Wouldn’t hydrogen fuel cell make more sense for these giant ships instead of sticking a bazillion heavy batteries into them?

    They travel between bet defined industrial ports, so you just need to set up hydrogen infrastructure at those ports which can fill these ships relatively cheaply.

  2. I think we should be looking at shorter range stuff first. Ferries and the like.

    I know some islands in Scotland have been switching to electric ferries because they have more wind generation than they can use/export. Its really fucking windy there all the time.

  3. Wow, that would be amazing if they could do that. Container ships are super dirty, they burn the crappiest of bunker oil fuel, sometimes recycled auto engine oil,… and they burn a lot of it. A lotta lot.

    There will have to be substantial outlay of infrastructure to pull it off.

  4. >”EV shipping is set to blow internal combustion engines out of the water…”

    I can see how electric ships will flood the market. The situation will not remain fluid for long. Shipping companies who are anchored to traditional means of propulsion will founder. Those who don’t want to modernize will soon find themselves having to fish or cut bait, otherwise they may find themselves up a creek without a paddle. Stern measures are called for. It’s sink or swim. Electric boats are the wave of the future.

  5. I see a combination of autonomy and electric propulsion will open container ships even more for going electric. Sure trans-pacific ships aren’t feasible today but there are a lot of routes where the ships have pretty “short” hops between ports or the ships could stop and charge. The other factor is speed. Slowing down the boat just a bit gives them massive amounts more range.

    The problem is paying staff if between speeds and extra stops it takes 2x longer to get from Point A to Point B. The answer is to make the ships autonomous and reduce the crew dramatically. Labor is in critical short supply so that is happening even without going electric.

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