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World’s Largest Electric Cruise Ship Sets Sail in China

The Yangtze River Three Gorges 1 electric cruise ship on March 29.
The Yangtze River Three Gorges 1 electric cruise ship on March 29.Photographer: Wei Qiyang/VCG via Getty Images

The world’s largest electric cruise ship has made its maiden voyage, settling back into port in Yichang in China’s central Hubei province after cruising up and down the Yangtze River.

Powered by a massive 7,500 kilowatt-hour marine battery from the world’s No. 1 battery manufacturer for electric cars, Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd., the ship will go into commercial operations from next month, being used mainly for sightseeing trips.