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News-CRUX-10     15th December 2023        
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Context: Recently, taking ahead the cause of eco-friendly maritime transportation, Barracuda, said to be India's fastest solar-electric boat, was launched at the yard of Navalt Solar and Electric Boats, located off Aroor in Alappuzha.

India’s Fastest Solar-Electric Boat

  • About: The Barracuda, hailed as India's fastest solar-electric boat, was launched at the Navalt Solar and Electric Boats yard in Aroor, Alappuzha.
  • Purpose: Named after the swift and long fish, Barracuda is designed by Navalt to operate as a workboat in rough seas, capable of ferrying up to 12 passengers and cargo.
  • Specifications: The 14-meter-long, 4.4-meter-wide vessel can reach a top speed of 12.5 knots (23 km/h) and has a range of seven hours on a single charge.

oIt is equipped with twin 50 kW electric motors, a marine-grade LFP battery, and 6 kW solar power.

  • Launch Presence: The vessel was built for Mazagon Dock and will be introduced at its Mumbai dock.
  • Environmental Impact: Barracuda can navigate through waves as tall as four meters and operates silently without noise, vibration, and air pollution.
  • Contribution: Aims to contribute to a cleaner and quieter ocean by offering affordable alternatives to conventional fossil-fueled boats.
  • Recognition and Awards: The boat received the world's best startup award in the mobility and transportation category at the Berlin Start-Up Energy Transition Awards 2023.

oNavalt Solar and Electric Boats, operating from Kochi, has also been honored with various prestigious awards, including the Gustave Trouve Awards twice.