Niagara Falls’ new ferry boats are electric, and they’re not alone  – Justine Calma

Previous Maid of the Mist boat tours at Niagara Falls ran on diesel.Photo by Maxym Marusenko/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Tourists to Niagara Falls can now ride all-electric ferries past the iconic waterfalls. The two ferries made their debut in New York on October 6th, fueled by locally generated hydropower. Their batteries can recharge in just seven minutes as passengers climb on and off the vessels.

The new boats, operated by Maid of the Mist, are among the first vessels of their kind to navigate US waterways. The first all-electric passenger and car ferry in the US pushed off from the banks of the Alabama River in 2019. These new, non-polluting voyages are part of a global trend toward electrifying passenger vessels.

“The electrification of these two brand-new tour boats sets the example that we can electrify our…

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