Electric boats given green light
ELECTRIC-POWERED boats will be able to compete on an equal footing with noisier, smellier diesel-powered cruisers on the Norfolk Broads from today. Six recharging points are being set up specially for them.
The craft can slip through the water more easily than conventional cruise boats and create less of the wash which erodes banks.
The recharging points have been installed in a joint project between Eastern Electricity and the Broads Authority.
Electric boats should be no more expensive to hire than diesel craft they cost more to buy but are much cheaper to run.
Although it takes 12 hours to recharge the batteries, this allows for several days' cruising.
Today there are only 20 of them on the Broads and they are 'day boats' rather than the more numerous cruisers with overnight accommodation. But one of the main hire companies is considering ordering the first electrically-powered cruiser for next year's holiday season.
There are more than 1,600 diesel cruisers but the network of recharging points can cope with only 20 boats at a time. It would have to be greatly expanded if electric craft become popular.
They are not entirely fume-free, because the process of generating electricity to recharge their batteries involves pollution from power stations. But the fact that they are quiet and create less of a wash could be a major environmental benefit for the crowded Broads. Some waterways, including the Austrian lakes, are already all-electric.
The charging points have been designed to ensure that live cables cannot be dropped into the water.
- 1 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 3 UK weather: Snow to fall during coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
- 4 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 5 Men behaving badly: Urinating while standing, 'manspreading' and the gendering of selfishness
Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
UK weather: Snow to fall during coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign
Ellen DeGeneres leads Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow and Paul Bettany in revealing game of Never Have I Ever
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Excellent Salary : Austen Lloyd: OXFORD - REGIONAL FIRM - An excellent opportu...
Super Package: Austen Lloyd: BRISTOL - SENIOR CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE - An outstan...
£15000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Fantastic opportunities are ava...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Compute Engineer is required to join a globa...