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Old 07-15-2019, 05:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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With all this crazy heat I started thinking about snow.

Check this out, it will be a while before all this electric sh!t becomes a combustion motor replacement, but it is beginning.

https://taigamotors.ca/snowmobiles/
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Old 07-15-2019, 06:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Weight (ride ready)
242kg / 534lbs
266kg / 586lbs

Engine Package
Standard: 120hp
Performance: 180hp

0-100km/h
4.1s
3.3s

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162"x 15"x 2.5"

They have an entire lineup, complete with touring sleds.
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Had some at Haydays 8-10 years ago.
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What could it possibly have for range? Snowmobile weight is always an issue and that would seem to be a limiting factor for electric.

The low end torque of electric motors could be interesting, but the lack of a brap might be something that turns off the riders who'd be most interested in that torque. Still an interesting idea, I just don't see it catching on.
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Link says up to 140km.

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Like to see how they would install recharging stations in most places we all ride sleds. LOL.
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It's probably not the best idea, from where I sit, but...

My handy internet metric converter claims 140Km is about 86 miles, which is far enough for... what?

Now, hold that thought.

Let's say you're designing a new sled from scratch and you need people to buy a few so that you can keep the lights on. You could get a few friends convinced to buy, but that's not enough. Maybe you give a couple away in well-publicized drawings, but that just keeps cash flowing in the wrong direction.

You could turn to your dealer network, which is.... non-existent. Maybe sell on Amazon? Good luck with that.

Nope, the only HOPE, the only PRAYER you have is to sell to a small group of customers who buy a lot of sleds at one time:
1 - Ski resorts
2 - Rentals

I'm not sure how far rental sleds go per day, but these are people who aren't serious enough to buy their own, so maybe not as far as we would go. And, ski resorts - that's a no-brainer. Get a couple resorts to buy an entire fleet of sleds for one year, and now you have cash flow and free r&d.

So, 86mi/140km isn't far enough to be a serious contender, but it is far enough to attract a couple of ski resorts, and that might be enough to either attract a deep pockets investor or keep a Post Office box long enough to make a few sleds next year.

I doubt that will change the end result, but it may prolong it. And, who knows - maybe they last long enough for BRP or Polaris to buy them for a song or come up with their own.
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Maybe the government (us hard working individuals) will give the company subsidies to build the electric sleds, like mentioned above Ski Resorts = tree huggers.

Rental places in Yellow Stone would probably be interested in these types of machines if they can get them for a reasonable price compared to the 4 strokes.
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Like to see how they would install recharging stations in most places we all ride sleds. LOL.

What if your battery goes dead and you're surrounded by wolves and polar bears?
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That's 180 hp at all altitudes. 6000 ft, 180 hp. 12000 ft, 180 hp. They have the torque curve on there. Its at max all the time until high rpm it drops off a bit. 154 ft lbs just about all rpms. No clutches, no belts to buy, no oil, no fuel. I like it... But the only issue of course is range. Unless that range is rated at full throttle all the time lol.

I like that its an actual sled with performance that can make it compete... Hopefully it competes in the real world. I wouldnt care if its not a brap machine to be honest.

Textron had MSU in mankato build a full electric UTV. Its was really awesome to be honest. Same speed and almost the same range as gas. Electric motors are so advanced now days.
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