Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Memorandum by the Electric Boat Association (IW 34)


  I am writing on behalf of the Electric Boat Association with regard to the inquiry by the Committee into the latest announcements by the Government on inland waterways.

  The Association is pleased that the Government has acknowledged the important role that electric boats can play in the future of the inland waterways, stating:

    Paragraph 6.33: "Electrically powered craft can be energy efficient and less harmful to the environment than conventionally powered craft. They are quieter and do not produce exhaust fumes or give rise to the risk of oil spillage. Their hulls are often designed to create less wash, resulting in less bank erosion."

  The Association acknowledges the steps taken by navigation authorities to install electric charging points. However, we stress the need for the early establishment of a network of these points to help overcome any resistance from potential electric-boat owners who may be deterred by the apparent lack of points for recharging.

  Given the reduced pressure applied to waterways by electric boats, we call for an increase in the licensing discount offered by navigation authorities for boats powered solely by electricity.

Tony Ellis

Editor, Electric Boat News

28 September 2000

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