Black Swan: A 100% electric boat powered by recycled car batteries
French boat tour company Seine Alliance has partnered with Groupe Renault and Green-Vision to develop an electric passenger boat powered by recycled car batteries. The boat, named Black Swan, can hold up to eight passengers and is rentable on the Seine river for two hours at a time.
While electric cars lower emissions, they do pose a challenge, when it comes to waste. In Europe, as few as 5% of lithium-ion batteries are recycled and the batteries contain chemical compounds that are highly polluting to both water and soil. After 10 years of use, lithium-ion batteries are too old to use in electric cars, but they can still power the Black Swan sufficiently. With 20kW of power output, the boat can reach the Seine speed limit and one charge can power the boat for longer than two hours.
Seine Alliance plans to expand the initiative so that all of its fleet will be fully electric by 2024.
Seine Alliance improves life on land by recycling batteries that negatively impact ecosystems (15.9)
Seine Alliance improves life under water by recycling damaging lithium-ion batteries (14.1)
Black Swan represents responsible management of materials and chemicals through recycling (12.2, 12.4, 12.5)
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