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Nicols introduces first electric boat to inland waterways cruising

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Nicols sixto green electric boat

The electric powered SIXTO Green

Everybody at Nicols is extremely excited about the latest canal boat coming out of our Cholet boatyard. The brand new SIXTO Green, in addition to having the usual style and comfort of a Nicols boat, is a fully electric powered boat. The three-cabin boat was designed by Nicols team of innovative boat builders and is ready to revolutionise boating holidays as the first of its kind for hire on France’s waterways. Read more about the SIXTO Green below...

The new SIXTO Green canal boat

At the heart of the electric powered SIXTO Green is fast charging lithium-ion batteries. This means that the boat is non-polluting and environmentally friendly. Even noise pollution is at a minimum due to the silent electric power. As with all Nicols boats no previous boating experience is needed. The levels of onboard comfort and equipment are of the same high standard that has made the Nicols Estivale range of boats so popular with boating holiday enthusiasts over the years.

charging terminal for electric boatHow does it work?

Once on the waterways charging stations can be found on average every 11kms. Just two hours’ charging time is needed and charging terminals are reserved specifically for electric boats. The simple to use terminals use a touch screen interface in multiple languages and many also offer water refills at the same time. In just the time needed for a lunch break stop the battery can be recharged ready for the next leg of your cruise!

A successful partnership

This ground-breaking project is a joint partnership between Nicols and Voies Navigables de France (VNF) who share the vision of developing tourism on rivers and canals while preserving their tremendous natural heritage.

Corinne Dufaud, Marketing Manager for Nicols, tells us more: "While VNF were perfecting a charging system and infrastructure our boat builders were busy designing a stylish electric boat – the challenge for both parties being to provide a solution that was simple to use, an efficient source of power and all while remaining sensitive to the waterways".

"The project is key to the future development potential of river tourism and we’re confident that over the coming years we will see more and more ‘green’ boats on the waterways – proud that ours was the first!"

Booking your boating holiday on board the SIXTO Green

The first of the new SIXTO Green electric boats will be available for hire for the 2018 boating holiday season. They will be operating between the Nicols bases in Saverne and Harskirchen in the Alsace region of France.

You can read a full description and see photos and floor plans on our SIXTO Green page. For prices and availability simply click on the button below or call our friendly team in UK on 02392 401320, or in France on 0033.


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