Sweden Introduces the Electric Snowmobile

Electric Snowmobile 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.

Fall Regatta Picks: J Craft Torpedo

J Craft Torpedo I'll probably catch some heat from the serious sailors out there, but the J Craft Torpedo is just too beautiful to deny. In a series of posts dedicated to regattas, it certainly earns its place.

Each of these vintage-style cruisers is handcrafted on the Swedish island of Gotland, home to the country's boat-building industry since the days of the Vikings. Owned by venture capitalist and avid motorist, Johan Attvik, J Craft launches offer state-of-the-art technology, paired with eco-conscious production and exquisite details. According to the company, the boat carries a fuel capacity of 350 nautical miles, ensuring that all of the Mediterranean's most glamorous destinations – from Ibiza to Monaco and on to Palermo – are readily accessible for those champagne refills.

J Craft Torpedo

Background note: a nice confluence of topics led me to this posting. The upcoming New York Classic Week (Oct 8, 9 & 10) featuring the Monaco Friendship Regatta; Jetsetter's flash sale on Sweden's Hotel J (ending in three days) and a recent sighting of Viking vampire Eric Northman (aka Alexander Skarsgård).

via Nowness; source J Craft author: Nancy H