Nomad is ready for the trails after charging over lunch.
Nomad is ready for the trails after charging over lunch.
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PARTNERSHIP Taiga Motors and ABB for the electrification of recreational vehicles

Editor: Isabell Page

ABB and Taiga Motors intend to pave the way for a more sustainable future with their cooperation. First and foremost, it is planned to enable the charging of the world's first electric snowmobiles.

The global powersports market delivered record-breaking sales this year and is expected to continue growing rapidly with a compound annual growth rate at over 6 % between 2020 and 2026 according to Global Market Insights. But this growth may take an environmental toll because snowmobiles are one of the few vehicles that do not require a catalytic converter, a device that reduces the amount of harmful pollutants from a vehicle. The absence of this converter leads to disproportionate emission levels to the point where electrifying one snowmobile can have the same environmental impact as electrifying more than forty cars.

Canada-based Taiga Motors is heralding a new era of electrification for off-road vehicles with the world’s first production electric snowmobiles and personal watercrafts. By eliminating noise pollution and reducing the vehicles’ environmental impact, this partnership leads the way to a sustainable future at a time when countries have increased regulations at national parks, lakes and trails worldwide.

ABB will enable Taiga Motors to bring reliable and effective charging solutions to its customers. For recreational vehicles, the two key factors are ensuring power and performance, which are both fulfilled by Taiga Motors’ electric offerings that feature more torque and faster acceleration.

This partnership will encourage adoption of EVs across North America and Europe by making it easier for recreational riders and fleet operators to charge their off-road vehicles at marinas, ski resorts, popular trails, and even remote riding areas such as the mountainous backcountry. ABB’s charging stations, designed to work in harsh weather conditions, are a perfect fit as these vehicles will be operated in some of the most extreme environments.

“We envision a future where riders can explore the great outdoors without transporting fuel. Renewable powered batteries can be placed in remote areas to provide off-grid charging, so adventurers can simply plug in and go further than ever before,” said Samuel Bruneau, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder at Taiga Motors.

Taiga Motors will begin delivery of its electric snowmobiles for fleets this winter season and will increase next fall. Deliveries of its Orca electric personal watercrafts will begin next year during spring. This partnership will support the transition to more sustainable outdoor adventures by providing a turnkey solution to customers.