Memorandum by the Electric Boat Association
THE POTENTIAL OF INLAND WATERWAYS
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
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
Editor, Electric Boat News
28 September 2000