World’s first electric Snowmobile by Quebec’s Taiga Motors was first announced back in 2018. Called TS2 it can get 100km/h in 3 seconds. The company expanded the model range to three later and now the production line is live where deliveries are expected to start by early 2022.
Taiga CEO Sam Bruneau, said “Today represents the shared dream and vision of our entire organization coming to life as the first snowmobiles come off the production line. I am proud of the demonstrated ability and perseverance from employees who together have overcome challenges as we navigate unprecedented supply chain volatility,”
Further added, “With the sleds soon ready for the snow, we are excited by the idea of our customers being able to ride on these cutting-edge machines that embody winter exploration without compromise.”
Deliveries to pre-order customers are expected to start in early 2022, following final approvals being granted by government agencies. The model lineup comprises the Ekko mountain snowmobile, the Atlas crossover, and the Nomad touring/utility flavor.
Taiga says that riders can look forward to instant torque, zero throttle lag, a thermal management system has been included to keep the battery in tip-top condition even when temperatures plummet to well below zero, and DC fast charging is supported. The setup also supports custom adjustment of drive parameters, and a companion mobile app caters to route planning and tracking.
As with all models in the lineup, the Ekko is being offered in standard and performance versions. The former sports a zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) time of 4.1 seconds from the 120-hp electric drivetrain that includes a composite belt and a 165 x 15 x 2.5-in (419 x 38 x 6.35-cm) track pushing from the back. The estimated per-charge range is 98 km (~60 miles).
The vehicle benefits from double wishbone suspension to the front with 220 mm of travel and multilink rear suspension with 270 mm of travel, stopping power comes from Hayes disc braking, and adaptive regen braking can also trickle some charge back to the battery pack during deceleration. An HD display allows for GPS mapping and custom terrain profiles. The performance flavor is essentially the same snowmobile, but with a 180-hp drive for a 3.3-second sprint, and a per-charge range of 131 km (81 miles).
The standard Atlas model comes with a 120-hp electric drive for a 3.7-second standstill to 100-km/h time, the track here is smaller and slimmer than the Ekko at 137 x 15 x 1.6 in (348 x 38 x 4 cm), it has the same double-wishbone suspension to the front too, but the rear suspension offers 300 mm of travel. The performance Atlas comes with a 180-hp drivetrain for a 2.9-second zip to 100 km/h, and an estimated per-charge range of 140 km (87 miles).
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