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#1 Mach189

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Posted 25 March 2021 - 10:03 AM

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Posted 25 March 2021 - 10:17 AM

Cool, can't wait to see what they come up with. 


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Posted 25 March 2021 - 10:31 AM

I guess electric vehicles are going to find us one way or another.  I have a concern about them as I have an off grid cottage, my solar system would never charge such items.

 

In Northern New Brunswick where we usually sled the lodges are run by generator and grid power could be 50 km away or more.  What happens when 50 sleds are there looking to charge up?



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Posted 25 March 2021 - 11:24 AM

People have to realize that the introduction of electric snowmobiles won't mean the discontinuation of the ICE snowmobile. They will co-exist for many many years to come.  Electric snowmobiles will first fill a niche market of users like Ski Resort Operators, Snowmobile Tourism Operators, Ice fishing enthusiast, and riders that don't tend to venture too far from home base when riding. 

 

Battery capacities, size, weight and efficiencies, will improve in time and the shift to all electric snowmobiles will happen, provided that climate change doesn't kill the sport first.  ;)


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Posted 25 March 2021 - 11:31 AM

I guess electric vehicles are going to find us one way or another.  I have a concern about them as I have an off grid cottage, my solar system would never charge such items.

 

In Northern New Brunswick where we usually sled the lodges are run by generator and grid power could be 50 km away or more.  What happens when 50 sleds are there looking to charge up?

 

Looking at electric cars, I've been wondering the same for several years. With current fuels, take a can and fill up in the woods. With electric, SOL unless/until onsite power or major electric grid improvements are made. Tough to fill a 5 gallon can with electricity. While there are certainly well meaning people behind the push to electric, it also provides a means to control transportation. What politician doesn't like control?



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Posted 25 March 2021 - 11:47 AM

People have to realize that the introduction of electric snowmobiles won't mean the discontinuation of the ICE snowmobile. They will co-exist for many many years to come.  Electric snowmobiles will first fill a niche market of users like Ski Resort Operators, Snowmobile Tourism Operators, Ice fishing enthusiast, and riders that don't tend to venture too far from home base when riding. 

 

Battery capacities, size, weight and efficiencies, will improve in time and the shift to all electric snowmobiles will happen, provided that climate change doesn't kill the sport first.  ;)

After a mini-rant in my previous post, I am rooting for electric to succeed. If efficient, long range batteries are developed it will be fun to buzz around even quieter than a 4 stroke. And electric motors are wicked torqie, talk about power off the line! And hill climbing! WooHoo!



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Posted 25 March 2021 - 11:59 AM

When i saw BRP's 5 year plan for electric sleds, at first I was a little bit surprised.  I thought that BRP would be more inclined to purchase Taiga motors since they already have a jump on the technology in snowmobile applications. 

 

But after thinking about it a bit more, I realized that excellent electric propulsion technology is already out there so no need to re-invent it. All that BRP needs to do is design a chassis to accommodate the unique requirements of an electric snowmobile. Plus Taiga is about to go public with an initial Market Cap at $537 million US, so BRP's $350 million investment is quite a bit cheaper than the premium to buy Taiga once it goes public. 


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Posted 25 March 2021 - 12:13 PM

I wanna take a spin in the kart!

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Posted 25 March 2021 - 12:28 PM

People have to realize that the introduction of electric snowmobiles won't mean the discontinuation of the ICE snowmobile. They will co-exist for many many years to come.  Electric snowmobiles will first fill a niche market of users like Ski Resort Operators, Snowmobile Tourism Operators, Ice fishing enthusiast, and riders that don't tend to venture too far from home base when riding. 

 

Battery capacities, size, weight and efficiencies, will improve in time and the shift to all electric snowmobiles will happen, provided that climate change doesn't kill the sport first.  ;)

 

Your on track, super high gas prices coupled with a new green fuel tax are required to fund incentives to buy electric.



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Posted 25 March 2021 - 12:44 PM

Your on track, super high gas prices coupled with a new green fuel tax are required to fund incentives to buy electric.

 

Honestly, I think the only incentives needed for electric Off Road vehicles is -reliability, -performance, and -range. I think those 3 things alone will dictate the electric off road vehicle market share. 

 

Right now the only major limiting factor for ALL electric ORV's is range. Once range on E-ORV's  is comparable to ICE-ORV's, then Electric ORV's will take off big time. 

 

Range is directly related to  battery efficiency and weight. Once efficiency goes up and weight comes down for the batteries, then range will become more in line with ICE ORV's.


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Posted 25 March 2021 - 01:20 PM

How about the infrastructure required to support this, how does that get paid for?? Five year plan is optimistic....


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Posted 25 March 2021 - 01:23 PM

In 5 years they will have at least one electric model offering in each product line...good news for the 2 Stoke Taliban..ICE will be around for a long time...



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Posted 25 March 2021 - 01:34 PM

How about the infrastructure required to support this, how does that get paid for?? Five year plan is optimistic....

 

This falls under the category of "range". As range for EV's increases, so will demand. Business investment will provide the infrastructure based on demand. That's how a Capitalist economy works.


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Posted 25 March 2021 - 01:36 PM

They will have some drawbacks other than ones already mentioned. If people or animals can't hear you coming, how many more accidents will occur?

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Posted 25 March 2021 - 01:36 PM

If ICE goes away it will probably kill the sport for me.  I do most of my riding from an off grid camp where I have a 500 gallon tank I fill before snow every winter (not plowed into where camp is, sometimes you can't get within 20 miles of it with a truck).  Hopefully it will be a slow process and I will be old and washed up before ICE sleds are gone.






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