(Montebello) Bombardier Recreational Products announced in 2021 that it will invest $300 million over five years to add electric models to all seven of its vehicles. press had the opportunity to try out the first of this technology offensive: the Grand Touring Electric Snowmobile. The Grand Touring Electric Snowmobile is a clean, quiet machine exclusive to resorts partnered with a Quebec manufacturer.

At first glance, the white and yellow snowmobile parked in front of Chateau Montebello’s BRP Experience Center looks like a grand touring model on snowy roads. The difference is felt when starting up. Speech: We feel nothing and hear nothing. Only a flashing blue light on the digital dashboard indicates the snowmobile is ready to go.

On the trail, the machine behaves exactly like the gasoline model. It is lighter than the others, more playful, giving a more nervous feel, but still predictable, especially when the start key is activated – this is the basic configuration offered to the Center’s customers.

Therefore, we enjoy following the twists and turns of the wooded hills around Montebello. This short route has some beautiful and interesting viewpoints. But the most rewarding part of riding an electric snowmobile is when we stop in the woods. This is because the engine noise does not block out the surrounding natural sounds.

This first BRP electrification exercise is a starting point for the Valcourt manufacturer. “Snowmobiling is a healthy sport that has remained relatively stable internationally over the years,” says Jeremy Doyon Locke, director of brand strategy for Ski-Doo, Lynx and Sea-Doo. For us, the challenge is always how to grow the sport and how to mobilize the next generation of snowmobilers. With our mission to electrify our products, electric snowmobiles will be a great vessel for new people to discover the sport and enjoy winter. »

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“And to experience this with less effort, what better than an experience center?” he continues. Ideally, you’ll start this experience in an environment that’s very safe, very inviting, and created just for that purpose. And experience centers around the world have asked us to implement this product for years. »

In Quebec, you can currently try out the Grand Touring Electric at Château Montebello, as well as at Nordexpée in Charlevoix and the village of Imago in the Varins mountains of Saguenay. Clean and quiet, electric snowmobiles ensure that you can get around as environmentally friendly as gas-powered vehicles. persona non grata.

Rejuvenate the industry’s image

This is the kind of snowmobile that could potentially restore the image of a sometimes-maligned hobby. “Traditional snowmobiling as we know it on the trails here can certainly have a bad reputation and can be perceived as an outdated sport,” Doyon Rock clarifies. recognizing.

So the arrival of electric cars is certainly going to reinvigorate everything a little bit. By proposing a slightly different way to enjoy winter, I think we can create a sense of excitement around our products. We believe it will rejuvenate the image of our brand and industry.

Jeremy Doyon Locke, Director of Brand Strategy, Ski-Doo, Lynx, Sea-Doo

This is why BRP intends to continue launching other electrical products by the end of the year, starting with the Can-Am Pulse and Origin motorcycles, as well as the Sea-Doo Rise, a hydrofoil board (foil) Electricity commonly seen at BRP Experience Center. “I don’t want to commit, but a center like this that offers all the summer products in marinas like Sea Doo and Pontoon would definitely be the kind of place where you can try them out,” Jeremy admits. Masu Rosh Doyoung.

for board foil Electric snowmobiles will be made available to the general public, but the current limitations of electric snowmobiles are limited to use by vacationers in tourist areas, and other configurations that do not require traveling long distances are also being considered. has been done.

Even if tomorrow isn’t the day before you go on a long hike, you can imagine the day this will happen. “He had an electrification research center in Valcourt, where he employed 200 people,” says director Emilie Proulx. Public, corporate, and global relationships. We are working on battery and component development there, and we also have a center in Austria with 100 people working on developing this strategy. Our goal is for 50% of the products sold in 2035 to be electric. »

Range: 50km

Charging time: 90 minutes to charge the battery from 10% to 80% on Level 2 devices

Weight: 539 lbs.

Maximum speed: 40 km/h in initiation mode, 60 km/h in performance mode

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  • 180
    That’s the number of resorts around the world that offer BRP vehicle experiences, with 12 resorts offering electric snowmobile tours.

    Source: Bombardier Recreation Products