Japanese duo plan to develop pure electric vessels in Kansai Bay project

The vessels will be a response to Japan’s quest to eliminate GHG emissions and to a shortage of seafarers. There is also high expectation for the development of ferries and transport in preparation for the Osaka/Kansai Expo in 2025.

e5 will be responsible for the planning and development of next-generation EVs that improve comfort by reducing noise and vibration, enhance usability by making more transportation options, and creating entertainment spaces by highly flexible architecture and interior design which meets customer’s needs. KEPCO will develop a Bidirectional Wireless Charge/Discharge System for large-capacity storage batteries to be installed on EV. This will be a first in Japan if it is successfully installed.

This charge/discharge system connects storage batteries on the vessel side and charge/discharge devices on the shore side to control electric power. It is expected to be used for energy management of the facilities nearby shore side and BCP measures.

Further ahead, the project aims to propose and sell new ferries using EV technology and charge/discharge systems to local governments and corporations. Both companies will accelerate the development and sales of EVs and contribute to the sustainable management of the Japanese shipping industry and the realisation of a decarbonized society.

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