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Nissan Transports New EVs With Super-Efficient Ship (Video)

Nissan Transports New EVs With Super-Efficient Ship (Video)

Nissan recently unveiled a ship it says will provide a more environmentally friendly way to transport its electric vehicles.

The company’s secret weapon is a transport car carrier called the “City of St. Petersburg,” that weighs 21-thousand tons. Built by the Kyokuyo Shipyard Corporation, the ship achieves a reduction of wind resistance of up to 50 percent compared to conventional vessels because of its sleek and semispherical bow.

The car manufacturer hopes the boat will help it cut fuel consumption by 800 tons – the equivalent of 2,500 tons a year of CO2 emissions.

The ship has space for two thousand cars and will be put to use to transport vehicles to Northern Europe and Russia from Nissan’s factories in the United Kingdom and Spain.

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3:13AM PST on Jan 30, 2011

thanks for the article

6:40AM PST on Jan 10, 2011

sounds good,

7:11AM PST on Jan 8, 2011

All I can say is WOW. Nissan is working to control our CO2 emissions. I applaud them! Now we just need to know how to keep the pirates away! Go Nissan!

10:52AM PST on Jan 6, 2011

If this design achieves it's goal, then let's go forward with a revolution in cargo ship-design. Seems that it more than pays for itself. Love good news!

7:38AM PST on Jan 6, 2011

Very cool.

Look for ways to reduce energy consumption in your daily life.

1) drive less and coast when approaching a red light or stop sign

2) turn off lights and appliances when not in use

3) stop smoking

4) reduce or eliminate meat and other animal products

5) buy or otherwise get used clothing and toys

6) use the library instead of buying books

7) reduce consumption of everything

8) recycle as much as you can

9) reuse whenever possible

10) compost if you can

11) make this list longer

12) share this list with others

12:55AM PST on Jan 5, 2011

Save Energy

9:56PM PST on Jan 4, 2011

I have noticed several comments pertaining to the use of alternative energy in a ship. Unfortunately, at the present we are doing well to supply a meaningful boost to intermittent consumption with solar and wind charging storage devices when energy consumption is reduced or stopped. A cargo ship (as opposed to most warships which typically run as fast or faster on fractional power reserving full power and much higher speeds for emergency conditions), we must remember, draws nearly full power 24 hours a day/night (with emphasis on running at full power all night). Technology will have to improve considerably before we will see a 'green energy' ship that is actually workable. As for this particular ship, I am surprised it took this long, as the English naval constructors developed the English galleon with a reduced profile bow for the specific purpose of reducing wind resistance to the forward motion and directional controlability of the ship--a characteristic that contributed greatly to the defeat of the theoretically superior force we know as the Spanish Armada in 1588. It amazes me that it has taken approximately 320 years for this concept to mature!

7:06AM PST on Jan 4, 2011

we must never give up on trying to save wherever we can. I for one an happy to see big business trying to conserve

12:20AM PST on Jan 4, 2011

noted

12:20AM PST on Jan 4, 2011

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