Now Amsterdam’s canal boats are going electric too
Amsterdam has already announced that its bus fleet will be completely electric by 2025. But another popular mode of transport in the city is its famous canal boats – all of which run on diesel.
However, it is now being reported that city’s current fleet of 150 sightseeing boats will also go electric by 2025.
That means fleet operators are gradually undertaking the significant task of switching out powertrains—at a cost of about $189,000 to $287,000, and taking about 3 months per boat. Fortunately, boat operators should see a return on their investment within about 12 years.
If we really do end up with all electric buses and canal boats, in a city that’s already famous for its bicycle culture, then it could serve as a beacon for what sustainable transportation policy looks like in a dense urban environment.