Red Brick Daily
Visiting Kaohisung’s Cijin (旗津) can be a pleasurable experience, but the smell of diesel fuel from the ferries that transport people and scooters back and forth is extremely unpleasant.
(Cijin, the second smallest district in Kaohsiung-Wiki)
The good news? Fumes could soon be a thing of the past after the city put Asia’s first TOTALLY electric ferry into service.
(It may not be long before this diesel-powered ferry goes into retirement – Wiki)
A while back, one of the ferries was refitted to run on a hybrid engine, but this “e-ferry” is a brand new beast. Completely silent and 100% exhaust-free, riding to Cijin on this boat looks and feels like the future.
The Taiwan News has more:
“The first brand-new electric ferry in Asia entered service … on Monday, and authorities estimated that the zero-emission ferry will reduce carbon emissions by 170,000 kilograms a year. The ferry … between Cijin (旗津) and Gushan (鼓山) … generates no diesel exhaust odor, and its motors make no noise … the electric ferry is estimated to save about 65,000 liters of diesel a year”
Pretty cool, ya?