Friday, June 24, 2022

Taiga Motors completes production of its first electric snowmobiles

Montreal-based Taiga Motors announced that it has completed production of its first customer-ready electric snowmobiles, and the first deliveries are expected to start early next year following regulatory approval.

Back in 2018, Taiga Motors announced its first all-electric snowmobile called the TS2 that can get to 62 mph (100 km/h) in under three seconds. Today, the company’s snowmobile range includes three models.

Over the past year, Taiga has focused on ramping up production rates through several build and testing phases aimed at improving manufacturing efficiency and quality in key areas, including battery automation, chassis systems, propulsion, and connected platforms. By leveraging its innovative clean-sheet design, scalable technology, and refined mass-production processes at Taiga’s 130,000 sq. ft. Montreal facility, 2022 will allow the manufacturer to increase vehicle delivery across its product line.

The first deliveries are expected to start early next year following regulatory approval.
The first deliveries are expected to start early next year following regulatory approval. Credit: Taiga Motors

The three models in the lineup include the Ekko that comes in the Standard and Performance version. The Standard model sports a zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) time of 4.1 seconds from the 120 hp electric drivetrain and has an estimated per-charge range of 60 miles (98 km). The Performance version completes the 0-100 km/h sprint in 3.3 seconds with a 180 hp drive and has a per-charge range of 81 miles (131 km).

The standard Atlas model comes with a 120hp drive for a zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) time of 3.7 seconds and has an estimated per-charge range of 64 miles (103 km). And the Performance Atlas has a 180 hp drivetrain for a 2.9 seconds zip to 100 km/h and an estimated per-charge range of 140 km (87 miles).

The high performance battery allows an entire day of fun on the show
The high performance battery allows an entire day of fun on the show. Credit: Taiga Motors

The third one – the Nomad standard model features 90 hp electric drive, has an estimated range of 2 miles (100 km), and is capable of towing 350 kg, while the Performance Nomad is capable of towing 510kg, features 120 hp drive, and promises up to 83 miles (134 km) of per-charge range.

The high-performance battery allows an entire day of fun on the show and maintains performance even temperature drop severely. The battery can be replenished up to 80% in just 20 minutes with DC fast charging.

All three models are now available for pre-order, with the prices starting at $15,000. Recently, the company began installing its first off-road charging stations, each featuring Level 2 chargers and two Level 3 DC Fast Chargers resulting in the first long-distance snowmobile trail in the world with access to charging stations.

“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,” said Taiga CEO Sam Bruneau. “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.”

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