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Case Study – Avalon

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“There must be a better way to make the things we want, a way that doesn’t spoil the sky, or the rain, or the land.” This change doesn’t require grand, heroic actions. Little stones thrown into the pot can make a big difference, and this is exactly what implementing eco-tourism means – to realize the impact mass tourism has on the environment and implement step-by-step region-specific guidelines that will positively impact a certain environment. This paradigm shift that is happening in the field of tourism is absolutely real, and a prime example is the Indian government’s attempt to use green boats in and around tourist locale lakes to reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere, further bringing down water pollution. Ecotourism is defined as responsible travel to natural areas that conserve the environment, sustain the well-being of the local people, and involve interpretation and education. Today, active interventions are being taken to protect the fauna and flora in around the world, particularly in India when it comes to water bodies. While a mindset towards sustainability and change has been imbibed, the entirety of this is focused on reducing carbon emissions, reducing water consumption, minimizing water usage, and conserving biodiversity. Tourism contributes to 10 percent of the world’s economy, and bringing a change in the way this is executed is important, as today’s generation wants to explore different parts of nature that provides them with authentic experiences and journeys. 

The Indian Government is looking to make major changes in the field of eco-tourism in 2023, and a major reflection of this is the financial budget for 2023. Green growth was listed as one of the seven priorities in this year’s budget list, citing that India is moving towards net-zero carbon emissions by 2070. While policies for the efficient implementation of green growth across sectors are being developed, ₹35,000 crores have been set aside as Capital Investment for the energy transition. An outlay of ₹19,700 has been approved for the recently launched national hydrogen green mission. These will mainly facilitate the transition of the economy to low carbon intensity, reducing India’s dependency on fossil fuels. 

Every lake or waterbody transformed into a green area will also require a green boat. This is great for the fauna and flora, and that is one of the main reasons why the government is supporting the running of green boats. 

Green boats help businesses faster than they help the environment. Let us assume you are planning to invest in a 15-passenger solar electric boat with a battery capacity of 20 kWh. Thinking that the boat makes approximately six daily trips, crew charges will be ₹1,000, ₹140 will be spent on daily charging costs, and 5 hours is the required time for grid charging. If it operates for 300 days per year at a cost of ₹3,000 per trip, the total profit generated in a year will be a whopping ₹ 50,88,000. This 15-passenger solar electric luxury catamaran – the Avalon, will be able to give back the entire invested amount within the first 1.5 years of operation, making it a spectacular choice for the boating business. While the major setback that you face while using a diesel or petrol boat is the high operational costs, the Avalon is a prime example of how you can break even soon with a solar electric boat by Navalt. The expenses of a gasoline or diesel boat cut down its revenue by a large margin. This is where the Avalon performs. With zero fuel expenses and negligible operating costs, this boat turns out to be a lifesaver for those in the boating industry. While comparing the total cost of ownership of a typical diesel or gasoline boat to Avalon, we can see a massive gap in terms of the total money spent. 

Here is a testimonial by one of our customers who has been using the Avalon for the past few months around the beautiful backwaters of Chemmappilly, Thrissur.  

“I live near the Connoly Canal, and was looking to get into the boating business for quite some time. I did some research on green boating ideas and was introduced to the Avalon, a solar-electric catamaran. Since its inauguration, it has showcased amazing performance and providing return for the investment making it fully worth. The boat silently steers through the water, with absolutely zero pollution without causing any damage to the environment.  Rather than being an extraordinary green boat for the purpose of tourism, it is a remarkable investment for anyone looking to get into the boating business as there is full return of invested amount in the first one and a half years, with negligible operating expenses.” 

The Avalon has a catamaran hull design, enabling improved stability and low resistance compared to a monohull boat. The roomy interior and entertainment facilities make it an enjoyable ride for commuters. Pure propulsion gives the advantage of silent voyaging; a family can spend their holiday on Avalon while they experience the ethnic beauty of nature, free of any noise or diesel or petrol Odor as well, making it the ultimate green boat for eco-tourism and anyone who wishes to step into the boating business.