NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WSYR) Two brand new Maid of the Mist vessels will be heading to Niagara Falls this season.
Not only will they give visitors the thrilling Niagara Falls experience, but they will also be environmentally friendly.
The new boats designed by “Propulsion Data Systems,” are currently under construction in Wisconsin and according to the company will produce zero emissions and operate on lithium-ion battery power.
The double-decker boats are set to arrive at the falls in late May and be operational in mid-September.
“It makes perfect sense for Maid of the Mist to be a world leader with the implementation of this green technology,” Maid of the Mist President Christopher M. Glynn said.”The new vessels will carry our guests to the base of Niagara Falls, one of the world’s largest sources of clean hydroelectric power.”
The two fully-electric vessels will take the same route as the existing vessels, but without the engine noise or exhaust fumes. Batteries will be recharged for seven minutes after each trip to 80 percent capacity, allowing for maximum efficiency and battery life.
Maid of the Mist VI (1990) and Maid of the Mist VII (1997), will be removed from service when the new vessels begin operating.
The tours have been running since 1846 and are one of the country’s longest running tourist attractions.