TICINO, LUGANO AUGUST 20TH – Exclusively built, designed, and engineered in Ticino the Società di Navigazione del Lago di Lugano (SNL) has unveil Switzerland’s first zero-emissions electric passenger ship, at the stunning Lake of Lugano, on September 14, 2021.

For more than 170 years SNL has operated one of the most significant shipping fleets in Switzerland and throughout this time it has been a leader within the Canton of Ticino, both in the local economy, and in the development of tourism within the area.

Their new daily passenger ships were created by a futuristic engineering project – the Venti35 Project – to redesign a ship that had been running since 1931. They will be entirely powered by electricity and feature a fast-charging system. They will also result in the first major reduction in CO2 emissions related to lake navigation in Switzerland. Not only that, but the entire Lugano fleet will be electric by 2035.
Part of the project was to introduce a network of services to promote the green economy of the lake. As a result, a new training and research facility has also been created.

Shipping is a vital element of Swiss tourism and leisure travel – with approximately 150 boats, transporting 13 million passengers on Swiss lakes every year. This project is therefore an important step for both SNL and Switzerland and will create a significant milestone in boating quality standards on the Lake of Ticino as well as bolstering the “Made in Ticino” brand.

After launching the project SNL aim to expand this electrification and to support other interested lakes and shipping companies with adding a recharging infrastructure and carbon-neutral boats to their fleets.
All of this will be part of a move to ensure that the sailing experience is environmentally friendly and emission-free, not only for the Canton of Ticino, but throughout the whole of Switzerland.


About the Società di Navigazione del Lago di Lugano (SNL)
The Società Navigazione del Lago di Lugano or Lake Lugano Navigation Company (SNL) is a Swiss company operating passenger services on Lake Lugano. The company also operates bus routes in the same area and is based at Cassarate in the city of Lugano.

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