Cochin Shipyard has received the Letter of Acceptance from Kochi Metro Rail for building 23 boats for the Kochi Water Metro Project.
The boats, with a length of about 24m, will be capable of carrying up to 100 passengers and will be powered by a battery hybrid system which will offer one hour of operation from a lithium titanium oxide battery pack. The batteries can be recharged at shore stations, at about 15 minutes for a full fast charge, or alternatively by onboard diesel generator sets.
Once this project is successfully implemented by KMRL, it will not only catapult India into one of the select nations in the field of electric water mobility on the global front, but it will also open up a very large potential for emulating this model of environment-friendly and technologically advanced inland water vessels in various other cities in India. This, in turn, will be a huge boost for the GOI’s initiatives in opening up Inland Water transport system in the country and with respect to the green initiatives of the GOI to reduce emissions and bring down carbon footprint.