Is Elon launching a Cybertruck or Model 3 over Niagara Falls???

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Oct 12, 2020

Soon, you can ride a “Tesla” at Niagara Falls as part of the new Maiden of the Mist experience, but it won’t be a Model 3 or Cybertruck …

The group hosting tours at the historic natural wonder decided to upgrade its fleet from fossil-fuel burners to carbon free, all-electric boats so passengers won’t be breathing exhaust while sightseeing.

One of the tour boats is named after Nikola Tesla, who engineered and built the worlds first large-scale hydroelectric plant at Niagara Falls.

Some of the highlights listed by the Maiden of the Mist folks –

  • Are among the first all-electric passenger vessels in North America
  • Utilize lithium-ion battery power that recharges to 80% each trip
  • Produce zero emissions
  • Operate nearly silently with little to no vibration
  • Have complete redundancy in propulsion and battery power, with independent systems located in each hull
  • Are made from 5086 H116 marine-grade, a superior marine-environment, corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy
  • Won’t have diesel or combustion-based backup propulsion systems; unlike most other electric vessels, these will not be hybrid vessels
  • Utilize forward bow thrusters to further enhance the steering capabilities, allowing the vessel to maneuver sideways and dock with ease
  • Are designed to reduce both heeling and wave-induced motion, compared to a single-hull vessels.

Wishing you fair winds, calm seas and electricity …

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Started Puget Sound Solar in 2001 with 30 years of construction contracting experience, and a desire to turn Seattle on to solar energy. Achieving NABCEP certification in 2004, Jeremy believes that our customers often follow a path similar to the one he took, starting out with solar daydreaming, then progressing to education on the subject, and eventually leading to action. In addition to leading the company he also does some teaching and speaking engagements about various aspects of solar energy, and experiments relentlessly with various solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle projects.

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