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#1 Judge64

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 08:00 AM

While I'm not a tree hugger this is an interesting project..... with Tesla's growing popularity I am sure it will be driving more of these types of concepts.

 

 

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A 60 mile range and a 50 min recharge isn't too bad when they claim 95% battery capacity at -40 and the weight is less than my Enduro 900.

 

It is cool they are basing it on a Doo chassis....... and 0 - 60 in 3.2 seconds is not too shabby either.

 

I think it will be awhile until the battery and motor technology develop to the point where it would be practical. Practical for me would be a range of 100 miles safely.

 

All that being said, it is probably going to be a price prohibited product for awhile too.

 

 

 



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Posted 28 April 2017 - 08:35 AM

What's really cool is the electric motor can do away with many of the drivetrain inefficiencies of the snowmobile we have now.  165hp at the crank is only 90hp at the track due to how inefficient a belt drive clutch system and chaincase connection are.


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Posted 28 April 2017 - 08:37 AM

I think as time goes on, it could be here to stay. I have switched all my lawn power tools over to electric (Leaf Blower, Trimmer, Lawn Mower) and they work excellent, no fuel, quiet and virtually no maintenance.



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Posted 28 April 2017 - 09:46 AM

Future possibly but 60 mile range with 50 min recharge isn't nearly enough range for me.  Bar owners up North would love it though.  Hit the trails by 7AM.  Hit the bars for a recharge by 11AM.....


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Posted 28 April 2017 - 09:51 AM

I'll wait until someone makes a lightweight can for it.


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Posted 28 April 2017 - 09:55 AM

Just think when batteries are half the weight/twice the energy and they put the motor in the skid driving the rear wheels directly without the need for CVT clutch...



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Posted 28 April 2017 - 10:26 AM

What's really cool is the electric motor can do away with many of the drivetrain inefficiencies of the snowmobile we have now.  165hp at the crank is only 90hp at the track due to how inefficient a belt drive clutch system and chaincase connection are.

 

 

That is a great point..... I spoke to a guy this week who test drove a Tesla. he said the 0 - 60mph acceleration and torque were unbelievable to 60mph. Once it hit 60 it would start to fall off.

 

If you think about typical trail riding, that would be probably be very acceptable performance for a decent portion of the market.

 

But like I said, I would want 100 miles out of a charge but I do think battery technology will be there in the next few years.



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Posted 28 April 2017 - 11:26 AM

To stay?  It's not even "here" yet. 



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Posted 28 April 2017 - 11:39 AM

Judge64, on 28 Apr 2017 - 10:26 AM, said:

That is a great point..... I spoke to a guy this week who test drove a Tesla. he said the 0 - 60mph acceleration and torque were unbelievable to 60mph. Once it hit 60 it would start to fall off.

 

If you think about typical trail riding, that would be probably be very acceptable performance for a decent portion of the market.

 

But like I said, I would want 100 miles out of a charge but I do think battery technology will be there in the next few years.

Judge, you need the Linq battery caddy!



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Posted 28 April 2017 - 12:59 PM

Judge, you need the Linq battery caddy!

 

 

Hahahaha.,,,, that's a good one!!!

 

But you may not be far off..... If it is a Doo chassis, why not have an easy off / on spare battery?



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Posted 28 April 2017 - 02:02 PM

Someone will need to invent a "loud can" helmet ear speakers that links to the throttle so all the young wannabes can have what sounds like loud exhaust blasting into their ears... :)



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Posted 28 April 2017 - 02:41 PM

This is interesting, and I don't think far off, but like others I need more than 100 km of range on a charge.


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Posted 29 April 2017 - 02:48 AM

Honda Generator Linq accessory...

 

 

Impressive they got the weight down to 507 lbs.     I have two hybrid cars and they weigh a ton.    They go 0-60 really quick.   I've embarrassed a few dudes who thought they could race me.

 

biggest break through is going to come in battery technology.  Lighter, safer (won't explode/catch fire) and longer lasting.



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Posted 29 April 2017 - 08:38 AM

100 miles of to-the-bar range and I'm there. A normal weekend for me burns 60+ Liters of gasoline + the injector oil. That'd be a $75/week savings (depending on fuel prices) over the entire winter (20 weeks= $1500).


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Posted 29 April 2017 - 08:54 AM

I think as time goes on, it could be here to stay. I have switched all my lawn power tools over to electric (Leaf Blower, Trimmer, Lawn Mower) and they work excellent, no fuel, quiet and virtually no maintenance.

Same here. I bought a cordless 40 volt Cobalt push mower and string trimmer last year.  They use the same battery.  They work great, are quiet and have no fuel storage issues and no oil changes.

 

IMO the electric sleds could have some niche uses.  National Park rentals, indoor sled parks (like the one in Dubai), etc.

If battery technology keeps evolving, they might be on par with the gas powered sleds.  Especially if the battery packs are either quick charge or easily swapped out.


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