- India’s first solar-powered ferry, Aditya, which became an icon on the Vaikom Thavanakkadavu route in Kerala was launched in 2017.
- The solar vessel with 75 passenger capacity has been playing service successfully covering Vaikom – Thavanakadavu route averting a wide range of air and water pollution.
- It was built by Navalt Solar and Electric Boats, Kochi.
- As a public transport solar electric ferry, it has proven its performance in its third year, transporting 11 lakh passengers and clocking a distance of 70,000 km, without a single drop of fossil fuel. It thus saved KSWTD over 1 lakh litres of diesel.
- It has saved Rs.75 lakh of fuel cost since 2017.
Why in the news?
- Aditya is among 12 such ferries that have been shortlisted for the Gustave Trouvé Award.
- It is the sole entrant from Asia. There are three award categories: one for electric boats up to 8m in length, electric boats more than 8 m long and electric ferry boats (passenger boats), the category in which Aditya is in the fray.
Gussies Electric Boat Awards
- Gussies Electric Boat Awards were instituted in memory of Gustave Trouvé, a French electrical engineer and pioneer in electric cars and boats. Trouvé was a prolific inventor with over 75 patents.
- Back in 1881, he developed a 5m long prototype electric boat.