There are more than 450,000 snowmobiles registered in Scandinavia, fully one-third of which are found the snowy expanses of northern Sweden. So it's little wonder that Pontus Sandell, CEO of AB Elmacchina, seized upon the market potential. He worked with the Vehicle Technical Centre, a group of automotive companies in Östersund, to develop the world’s first prototype for an electric snowmobile.
According to Sandell, “this is a unique product, but it’s as natural as the electric cars that are coming onto the market. Perhaps the most important feature is that our scooter is virtually silent. It’s also free from fumes, odors, oil and climate-changing carbon dioxide.” While Elmacchina can’t yet compete with gasoline-powered snowmobiles in terms of range and power, the company is intent on improving its performance.
The electric snowmobile allows ski resorts, tour companies and other venues to further their commitment to sustainable development. It also gives both visitors and wildlife the enjoyment of a pristine mountain landscape that's as quiet as the first snowfall.
Elmacchina vehicles are slated for availability late 2011.
via: Advantage Environment. source El Macchina (+46 70 6580530) posted: Nancy H.