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Maid of the Mist Sets Sail into the Future: Niagara Falls' All-Electric Boat Tour Revolution

Renowned for its up-close encounters with the awe-inspiring American, Bridal Veil, and Horseshoe Falls, the Maid of the Mist has taken a significant step towards sustainability by transitioning to an all-electric fleet. Gone are the days of noisy engines and diesel emissions. The new all-electric fleet provides a quieter and cleaner experience for both visitors and the environment. This transition aligns with New York State’s efforts to reduce carbon footprints and combat climate change.

The decision to switch to an all-electric fleet was driven by the desire to preserve the natural beauty of Niagara Falls for future generations. By eliminating the emissions associated with traditional boats, the Maid of the Mist is taking a proactive approach to protect the delicate ecosystem surrounding the falls. This commitment to sustainability sets a positive example for other tourism operators worldwide.

The new electric boats not only offer a more environmentally friendly experience but also enhance the overall visitor experience. With quieter engines, visitors can fully immerse themselves in the awe-inspiring sights and sounds of the falls without any distractions. The absence of engine noise allows for a more serene and peaceful journey, allowing visitors to connect with nature on a deeper level.

In addition to the environmental benefits, the all-electric fleet also showcases the latest advancements in technology. These state-of-the-art boats, which were the first newly constructed all-electric passenger vessels in North America, are equipped with cutting-edge electric propulsion systems ensuring a smooth and efficient ride for passengers. The boats operate nearly silently with minimal vibration and operate exclusively from the onboard energy-stored battery system with no need for a diesel generator backup.

One of the most exciting aspects of these new vessels is how quickly the 158 kWh lithium-ion battery banks recharge throughout the day in between each boat trip. Each trip consumes 38 kWh of total power and upon returning to dock is recharged to 80% state of charge for optimum efficiency and battery life. With a C2 charge rate, each battery bank can be charged from 60% to 80% in 7 minutes (which aligns with the average turnaround time while docked between trips).

In 2022, the Maid of the Mist vessels were charged 6,300 times and carried 1.2 million passengers. Previous vessels would have used 23,520 gallons of diesel fuel (approx. 56 gallons per day) and emitted 258 tons of CO2. The transition to electric power demonstrates the commitment of the Maid of the Mist to embrace innovation and provide visitors with a truly unforgettable experience.

The Maid of the Mist boat tours have been a staple of Niagara Falls tourism for over a century and this transition to an all-electric fleet marks a new chapter in their storied history. By embracing sustainable practices, the Maid of the Mist is not only preserving the natural wonders of Niagara Falls but also inspiring others to follow suit.

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