Venice's first electric eco-friendly waterbus is added to the fleet

Venice's first electric eco-friendly waterbus is added to the fleet

A new waterbus has been added to the fleet

Thursday, December 15, 2016

An eco-friendly waterbus has been added to Venice's fleet of vaporetti to help tackle pollution in the city.

The bus runs entirely on electricity and is named Scossa, which means shock. It made its first trip on Wednesday after seven months of tests.

Forty passengers can be carried on the boat from the centre of Venice to the airport, according to news site The Local.

Scossa cost €700,000 (£600,000) to build and runs on an electric engine, only switching to diesel to recharge batteries whilst it travels.

Italy is currently suffering from high levels of smog due to pollution; European safety levels for air pollution have been exceeded on 52 days of this year.

See the waterbus travelling below