almost like a hybrid vehicle Currently, this new vessel that combines conventional combustion and electricity will be the largest of its kind and will be operating from 2025. The company Brittany Ferries announced the project for the Saint Malo-Portsmouth route, between France and the United Kingdom.
The boat will have batteries with a capacity of 11.5 megawatt hours (MWh), twice what is used today, reported the Xataka website. Furthermore, thanks to its hybrid technology, it is expected to emit 15% less greenhouse gases than diesel vessels.
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“It will be powered by cleaner LNG, by batteries, or by a combination of both. In this sense, it will be like a hybrid car”, says Christophe Mathieu, CEO of the firm.
This new ship will replace the ship Le Bretagne. In addition, the company commissioned a second hybrid vessel, a ship not yet christened but with a mission already assigned: to take over from the Normandie, another of her old ships. In that case, she would serve to cover the most popular route of the English Channel.
As far as is known, according to the report, the ship will reach 194.7 meters in length and 27.8 in width, so it will also add more beds and cabins. In this way, the race to migrate to electromobility is also noticeable in maritime transport, to reduce CO2 emissions,