Operating from Kings Orchard Marina on the Coventry Canal near Lichfield in Staffordshire from 3rd April, ABC Leisure Group is launching a new all electric day hire narrowboat, the first electric boat to join its fleet.

Perfect Day, a 36-foot day boat that accommodates up to ten people, has been in development for 18 months. The boat is fitted with lithium batteries which power a 48 volt Beta Marine 10Kw motor. Charging and energy management is provided by products from the company’s Onboard Energy off-grid energy range which can be purchased online at www.onboardenergydirect.co.uk.

ABC Leisure Group plans to launch a further eight electric day boats across England and Wales over the next 18 months.

Haley Hadley, Marketing & Sales Director says: “We are delighted to launch our first electric narrowboat, the first of nine new electric day boats to be added to our fleet over the next 18 months.

The waterways are havens for wildlife and many of our customers are interested in taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint and environmental impact. From Kings Orchard Marina, day boat hirers can cruise through the Staffordshire countryside to Fradley Junction or Bone hill and back. No previous canal boating experience is required and tuition is included in our day hire prices.

We look forward to hearing feedback from our customers who enjoy a day out aboard ‘Perfect Day’, as we continue to take steps to meet demand for low-carbon energy solutions for our day boats, holiday-hire boats and marina operations.

Facilities aboard ‘Perfect Day’ include outdoor and indoor seating, a toilet, kitchen with induction hob and grill, a sink and fridge. Day boat hire a board ‘PerfectDay’ starts at £99 on a weekday, £189 on a weekend or bank holiday.

To book ‘Perfect Day’, go to www.abcdayboathire.com and for more information about ABC Leisure Group’s off-grid energy solutions, including the Victron Energy off-grid energy range, visit www.onboardenergydirect.co.uk