Boat trips around the lake are a vital tourism event for Sun Moon Lake. Currently, passenger vessels used on the lake are driven by diesel engines, where along with large horsepower and high speed, noise follows. Direct pollution such as vibrations, water quality and air pollution, together with indirect impacts including the side slopes of the reservoir being washed away due to excessive boat speed, in turn results in indirect negative effects such as water and soil loss of the side slopes and the violation of Sun Moon Lake’s slow travel tourism development strategy.
On February 8th, 2009, President Ma indicated that Sun Moon Lake should advance to become a green low-carbon lake and to develop sustainable tourism conforming to the international energy-saving and carbon-reduction trend. This will stimulate the development of the domestic electric eco-friendly industry chain, and thus support was provided to the Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area Administration to complete the “Promotion of Electric Boats Action Strategy Proposal for Sun Moon Lake” and the “Subsidy Key Points for the Development of Electric Passenger Vessels for Sun Moon Lake” in 2012.