India’s first solar boat Aditya has completed its two years (730 days) effective activity in Vaikom, Kerala, thus saving 58,000 litres of diesel. Solar-powered transport ferry is manufactured under Make in India initiative by NavAlt Solar and Electric Boats that expects to make water transport progressively effective. Aditya was introduced in January 2017 by the Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayam and the former Power Minister Piyush Goyal. The solar boat was launched for transportation purpose with a capacity of 75 passengers in Kerala backwaters. NavAlt stated that it has helped to save Rs 40 lakh on cost of diesel, which is equivalent to 58,000 litres in a span of two years.
The quantity of daily commuters which Aditya drove in a range of two years (730 days) is a total of 6, 40,000 and has voyaged 38,500 kms. Sandith Thandasherry, Founder and CEO, Navalt Solar and Electric Boats stated, “It is an exceptionally glad moment for us that our flagship product ‘Aditya’ successfully completed its two years (730 days).. It wouldn’t have been conceivable without the support of our technical team, partners and government.”