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Black Swan is First All-Electric Passenger Boat Powered by ‘Second Life’
6th November 2019  

 Black Swan e-Boat

Renault has worked in partnership with French specialist maritime company
Seine Alliance and electric propulsion experts Green-Vision to develop the
first all-electric passenger boat powered by ‘second life’ batteries. Called
Black Swan, the new craft represents the first step towards Seine Alliance’s
commitment to an all-electric river cruise fleet by 2024.

Due to go into service in 2020, Black Swan can carry up to eight passengers
and pioneers the use of lithium-ion batteries that have already had their
‘first car life’ in Renault Z.E. vehicles. After being reconditioned these
cells are used to power a pair of 20 kW electric motors that allow two hours
cruising on the River Seine in Paris, while full charge will take just two
to three hours.

The Black Swan is based on an existing craft built by Italian firm Tullio
Abbate. Originally powered by a traditional internal combustion engine, it
now features four ‘second life’ batteries housed in specially designed,
water-tight stainless steel containers located beneath the boat’s bench
seats. The batteries and motors together weigh 278kg, which is less than the
combined total of the original fuel tank and engines.

As a pioneer and leader in electric vehicles, this project continues
Renault’s commitment to sustainability and the circular economy, which aims
to reduce energy use and the extraction of raw materials by the re-use and
refreshing of existing resources. Examples include Renault’s involvement in
Smart Fossil Free Island on Porto Santo, Portugal, where resident volunteers
drive Renault Z.E. vehicles that can feed energy back into the island’s
electricity grid when not being used. Renault ‘second-life’ batteries are
also used to store excess energy produced by the island’s solar and wind
[© afloat.ie]

+ (sky-is-falling wording smells like koch funded kool-aid, ignores current
li-ion recycling)
Today’s Electric Car Batteries Will Be Tomorrow’s E-Waste Crisis, Scientists
Nov 6 2019 ... lithium-ion batteries that EVs run on are made from metals
that are mined at a serious environmental and human toll, and from supplies
that won’t last forever. When those batteries die, they’re liable to join
the tens of millions of tons of spent electronics piling up as e-waste in
landfills around the world ... illions of tons of metals locked away in dead
EVs are going to start looking pretty ...

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