Every year, thousands of eco-tourists come to the community of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada – the Polar Bear Capital of the World – to catch a glimpse of the vulnerable polar bears that convene along the shallow waters of Hudson Bay. Now, Frontiers North Adventures has launched its new Electric Vehicle Tundra Buggy in Churchill to take these nature-loving tourists out onto the ice.
Together in collaboration with Red River College (RRC), the company has transformed one of its diesel-powered Tundra Buggies into a battery-powered vehicle. The custom-built, diesel-engined, 40-passenger Tundra Buggy emits zero emissions and minimal sound, making it ideal for visiting polar bears and other wildlife as it is less invasive and not remotely polluting.
“In addition to contributing to Frontiers North Adventures’ reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the main deliverable of this EV Tundra Buggy will be a silent touring experience for our guests,” says John Gunter, CEO and president of Frontiers North Adventures, adding, “The EV Tundra Buggy makes it easier for machines to fade more into the background of any guest’s wildlife experience in Churchill.”
The company is committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and plan to convert its entire fleet of 12 Tundra Buggies from diesel to electric power before the end of the decade. As it continues to transform its remaining Tundra Buggy fleet, its GHG emissions could be reduced by more than 3,600 Tonnes of carbon dioxide over the next 25 years.
Frontiers North Adventures is a certified B Corporation that specializes in adventures in Canada’s North, such as dining beneath the northern lights, kayaking amongst curious beluga whales, and locking their gaze with wild polar.