Nissan uses Solar Diesel Ship to transport the Leaf

On January 27th, the Nichioh Maru began it’s maiden voyage. The maker of the first all electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf, Nissan wanted to continue it’s commitment to becoming a more green-minded company. The Nichioh Maru uses various energy-saving concepts to deliver a 13% improvement in CO2 emissions over other similarily sized ships.

Nissan has made a commitment to decrease CO2 emissions as part of a key pillar of the Nissan Green Program 2016.

The ship uses an energy-saving, electronically controlled diesel engine. The deck of the ship is outfitted with 281 solar panels that power LED lights in the ship’s hold and crew quarters. The ship also has a low-friction coating on it’s hull to help improve it’s sea mileage.

The Nishioh Maru can hold up to 1,380 cars, and will join 2 other ships on an 1800km domestic round trip in Japan. The ship will make about 2 trips per week, and each trip will use roughly 13 tons less fuel. When Nissan sell’s it’s eNV-200 the ship will also transport van solar power.

Total fuel savings for a year of service is expected to be around 1400 tons, as well as an annual reduction of 4,200 tons of CO2 emissions.

Overview of the Nichioh Maru
Length: 169.95 m
Width: 26.00 m
Total weight: 11,400 tons
Load capacity: Completed vehicles: 1,380 units
Operating speed: 21.2 knots

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