Happiness Is a Hybrid-Electric Ferry

A diesel-burning boat finds new life and a clean, quiet ride for 4,500 passengers a day

Illustration: James Provost

A Cleaner, Quieter Ride:
Happiness, a diesel-powered ferry in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, has been retrofitted with a hybrid-electric microgrid.

On a cool, overcast morning in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, a chunky and colorfully painted ferry waits at a dock as a stream of passengers clambers aboard. It’s Chinese New Year 2017, and white-gloved officials are standing at the rails, beaming and waving

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