Yokohama, Japan – Nissan has unveiled the Nichioh Maru, a new energy-efficient car carrier that will transport parts and vehicles on one of Japan’s main maritime shipping routes.

The ship is the first coastal ship in Japan to use solar power panels and is propelled by an electronically-controlled diesel engine. Its hold and living quarters use LED lighting and its hull is painted with a low-friction coating, among other energy-efficiency features.

Compared to a similar existing car carrier, the ship can achieve a fuel reduction of up to nearly 1,400 tons annual, equivalent to an annual reduction of 4,200 tons of CO2 emissions.

The new carrier will increase Nissan’s maritime shipments to six sailings per week from four, which is expected to help improve the transport of Nissan vehicles to their destinations.

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