Whilst in Finland (Rovemini) two weeks ago we took a snow mobile ride through forest and across a frozen lake. The snow mobiles were electric supplied by a company still in R&D phase so basically they are test models.
Cannot remember all the specs, but I'm told they out accelerate petrol versions (power and speed limited for novices like me). They have a sled they pull for the kids if require no issue. But certainly their strongest draw card is they are very very quiet. Amazing going along on 3 mobiles and I can talk quiet easily to my pillion passenger with a helmet on. Certainly the reindeer didn't run away.
The biggest benefit we didn't notice until a conventional snow mobile passed us, the exhaust smell! Could you imagine being 3 or more in a row of these petrol power things going through forest paths with no wind, like when we were out?
- Range, they are currently limited to 45km due to using a 10kWh battery. Newer battery technology will increase this but still not like a petrol snow mobile and not as easy to refuel. However for short runs, with a bigger battery up tp 100km range in future, its probably got a suitable market.
- Battery warmth, it was -15C, the batteries cannot be let get cold. So they bikes sit on a charger all the time, however the insulation and heat sinks they have around the battery keeps them warn for a number of hours off power and not in use. In use the heat from the power draw is enough to keep them warm even when stopping for a meal like we did.