The all-electric Nissan Leaf makes no emissions; the huge container ships transporting them around the world are a whole other story. So Nissan introduced its “Eco-Ship,” with a more aerodynamic prow that could save up to 800 tons of fuel.
So Nissan came up with this spherical design, which cuts wind resistance by 50%, which they estimates could save 800 tons of fuel over the course of a year, which equates to 2,500 tons of CO2. The 21,000 ton freighter can ship about 2,000 cars per-trip between Northern Europe and Russia from Nissan’s factories in the U.K. and Spain. It is being deployed in the North Sea because the area is known for its high winds. Nissan thinks the boats aerodynamics will be of more use here.
I’m glad to see Nissan really running with the green ideas and applying them to other facets of their business. They’re shoring up a lot of green karma with the Leaf, and I really think in the long run they’re going to be running a leaner business by spending less on fuel. If this ship does what Nissan says it does, it could be a revolutionary change to the shipping business. Imagine applying these features on a ship traveling between continents. I bet that would make all the bean counters giddy.
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.