The 3-cabin Nicols Estivale SIXTO Green is a new electric powered boat joining the Nicols fleet for 2018. Non-polluting and with a silent motor, It's the first ever electric self-drive hire boat.

The 3-cabin SIXTO Green is a brand new electric powered boat joining the Nicols fleet for 2018. Non-polluting and with a silent motor, feel at one with nature amidst the lush French countryside.

Launching from their bases in Alsace, what a serene and mindful way to have a waterways holiday. The joy of hire boating is that you can jump aboard, be shown around and then off you go. And now you can do it with the peace of mind of zero emissions and an overall reduce carbon footprint for your holiday in France.

The Sixto Green

Nicols’ newest hire boat can sleep up to 8 guests. There are three cabins sleeping 6 guests then the extra bed spaces come thanks to the convertible double bed in the living room. This makes the boat ideal for crews of three couples or two couples and two, or more, children.

Outside there are two deck areas for relaxing as well as a second steering position. The addition of the second steering position is such a treat for whomever pilots the boat . On the most gorgeous of day, they don’t miss out on the best of the weather nor scenery. Then off the back there is a sun awning over tables and chairs for sheltered al fresco dining.

Self drive hire boats are easy to steer and roomy enough for guests without taking up too much room on the waterways. The added extras on the Sixto Green enable you to take a dip via the swimming ladder and really enjoy river life then rinse off under the deck shower. This is more than just a boat – it’s home for a week or two.

The reality of an electric hire boat

Naturally, piloting an electrically charged boat requires some thinking about power levels and regular recharging. Nicols has thought this through too. In a unique partnership with the Voie navigables de France (VNF), together they have installed staggered charging terminals to support the cruisers. These charging points on the Saar and Marne-Rhine canals appear roughly every 11km.

In terms of planning recharging into your day, it takes just two hours of charging time to fully restore the battery charge.That’s plenty of time for lunch and a wander around your newest mooring spot.

Book an eco-friendly cruise

Due to limited availability and bases, the Nicols Estivale Sixto Green books up quickly. Book yours today