Sparky is a massive, 100% electric tugboat and it’s kicking its diesel cousins’ butts! It’s just as strong but it’s much cleaner, quieter and cheaper to run – and I got to ride along in it and take a close-up look below decks.
It’s a world first and it’s happening right here in New Zealand, with Ports of Auckland taking delivery of this clean-running vessel just weeks ago. And as we found out when I rode along, this battery-powered behemoth is agile and strong, but also incredibly smooth and comfortable.
Check out the video to see it in action, and see its batteries and motors: