India’s first solar-powered boat launched in Kerala
India’s first solar powered boat called ‘Aditya‘ was launched at Kochi’s Vembanad lake in Kerala. It is first solar-powered ferry and the largest solar-powered boat in India.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan┬áhas said that the government has taken up the development of water transport in the state with utmost seriousness. He was speaking after inaugurating the first solar-powered boat┬áof the state for ┬áwater transport.
Union minister Piyush┬áGoyal┬áperformed the switch on function of the boat. Minister A K Saseendran presided. Prior to the launching of the boat service, test run was done for a week. Two electric motors and a lithium battery is used in the boat. The boat is 20 metre long and 7 metre wide. It can travel at a speed of 14 km per hour. When the ordinary boats takes 15 minutes to reach Thavanakkadavu from Vaikom, the solar boat will take only half that time.