Going Electric in The Netherlands



Amsterdam’s most popular tourist attractions are going electric.

The boats that ply Amsterdam’s many canals are being converted to run on electric power in preparation for a ban on diesel vessels that’s slated to take effect in 2025.

According to city spokesman Wouter Keuning, the conversion process among commercial boats is moving along at a fast clip, with 75 percent of the 550 canal boats now emission-free.


The movement stems from Amsterdam’s mayor Femke Halsema and her GroenLinks — Green Party — efforts to combat climate change. The city is also planning on installing approximately 100 charging stations along the canals by next year. By 2030, all vehicular traffic in the city center must be emission-free.

The canal boats are the Dutch capital’s most popular tourist attraction — they’re on the waterways for an average of 14 hours per day, ferrying nearly 4 million passengers per year. 


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