Kerala company builds country’s largest solar ferry - Feedback

The backwaters of Kerala will soon have the country’s largest solar-powered ferry ferrying vehicles and passengers between Vaikom and Thavanakadavu in Alappuzha.

The commercially viable solar ferry, having the size of four buses arranged in a matrix of 2×2, would cost more than conventional diesel powered ferries of the same capacity, but, Sandith Thandasherry, chief executive officer at NavAlt Solar & Electric Boats that builds the vessels, claimed that the additional cost can be recovered in about two-three years. “The solar ferries, would cost around Rs 2.5 crore, while conventional ones of same capacity costs around Rs 1.5 crore,” he said. “Nevertheless, diesel ferries would require around Rs 26 lakh every year on fuel, plus it incurs engine maintenance costs, making the total at least Rs 30 lakh every year.”

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