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Maid of the Mist tour boats to be battery-powered

The Maid of the Mist boats that bring tourists to the base of Niagara Falls are going electric.
The company that operates the Maid of the Mist said that "more than 1.6 million guests from around the world with an up-close, iconic view of Niagara Falls."

The Maid of the Mist boats that bring tourists to the base of Niagara Falls are going electric.

The company on Friday announced plans to launch two zero-emission passenger vessels during the coming tourist season. The boats will be powered by high-capacity battery packs.

The new vessels are expected to go into service in mid-September and replace the existing diesel-engine vessels that will operate on the lower Niagara River until then.

The Swiss technology company ABB is supplying the lithium-ion battery packs and an onshore charging system. The batteries will be recharged for seven minutes after each trip.

"The Maid of the Mist has offered tours of the world-famous Niagara Falls waterfalls and of the Niagara River Gorge for more than a century, and are a signature tourism attraction of Western New York," said Governor Cuomo. "The new zero-emission boats will continue that proud tradition while continuing our efforts to make New York State a premier environmentally friendly tourism destination."

Maid of the Mist VI (1990) and Maid of the Mist VII (1997), will be removed from service, the company said in a press release, when the new vessels begin operating.

The Maid of the Mist first launched in 1846.

With files from CBC News

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