Although most ships use diesel engines, electric-powered ships have a history of 120 years. Since the 1880s, electric boats have been popular for a while until the 1920s, when the internal combustion engine was replaced.
Since the energy crisis of the 1970s, especially after the emergence of solar cells, there has been an increasing interest in quiet and possibly renewable water power. The first actual solar speedboat was probably built in the UK in 1975. The world's first all-solar ocean-going vessel is the Swiss-made MS TÛRANOR PlanetSolar, and the first solar fleet in Asia was established in February 2010 in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. On November 12, 2017, the world's first 1,000-ton pure electric boat was launched in Nansha, Guangzhou.