Brunnen/Stoos, 23.03.2022 - Together with the vehicle and boat specialist Friedli Fahrzeuge AG, the well-known Can-Am Traxter was electrified for the first time. The vehicle is used in the mountain village of Stoos, located in the Swiss canton of Schwyz at an altitude of over 1,900 metres. There, the Traxter enables emission-free transport even in rough terrain. ecovolta has equipped the Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) with an electric drive train and a 30 kWh lithium-ion traction battery.
E-Traxter equipped for off-road use in all seasons
A central factor in the development of the electric transport vehicle was its ability to operate in all seasons. The new E-Traxter offers sufficient torque for track operation on snow-covered roads and in rough terrain. The electric version resembles its predecessor with a combustion engine only on the outside.
The new electric motor has an enormous torque of 150 Nm and a peak output of 38 kilowatts. Equipped with wheels, the E-Traxter can reach up to 60 km/h off-road; with tracks, the speed is halved. With a charging time of six hours, the ecovolta lithium-ion battery offers a range of up to 120 kilometres.
Thanks to all-wheel drive and differential lock as well as the optional upgrade with a winch, the vehicle can be used in many ways - e.g. for climate-neutral, environmentally friendly and quiet agriculture and forestry, as a municipal vehicle or for mail delivery in mountainous regions.
Development of the electric all-purpose vehicle closes market gap
The background for the development of the electric vehicle was an enquiry from Stoos Bahnen AG to the local sales partner and Can-Am dealer. The cable car company was looking for an electric all-purpose vehicle for emission-free material and passenger transport. As there was no suitable offer either from the Canadian Traxter manufacturer Bombardier Recreational Products or in its own market area, the idea of retrofitting - converting the Traxter to electric operation - was born.
ecovolta has already electrified numerous other vehicle types with the drive kit used for the Traxter. The kit enables a short time-to-market and thus accelerates the development and production of small series for OEMs, fleet operators, general importers and other vehicle suppliers.
"Emission-free mobility is a must for a sustainable future of mountain regions. That's why we want to close supply gaps in the ecological and economic sense," says Patrick Friedli of Friedli Fahrzeuge AG, which has been the general importer of the Canadian recreational vehicle and engine manufacturer BRP and other powersport vehicle manufacturers for Switzerland and the Principality of Lichtenstein for 20 years."
"As a manufacturer of high-performance battery systems for electric vehicles, ecovolta has the necessary expertise in system integration," says Patrick Friedli. Due to the company's headquarters in Brunnen, there is also a strong connection to the mountain region. "The cooperation between us, Friedli Fahrzeuge AG and Stoos Bahnen was a natural fit," says Benjamin Friedrich, Chief Operating Officer of ecovolta.
Vision of emission-free mountain village draws closer
In addition to food deliveries for remote restaurants, maintenance and inspection passes of the railways, the Stoos Bahnen also use the vehicle for taxi services for visitors to the Stoos mountain area. "The Traxter can be used very flexibly and, thanks to its electric drive, fits in very well with our vision of an emission-free mountain village," says Martin Langenegger, managing director of Stoosbahnen.
ecovolta is a Swiss manufacturer of battery systems for electric vehicles and machines. Battery and drive solutions are developed and tested in the company's own research and development department. The range of services also includes contract development and system integration of battery systems.
ecovolta was founded in 2018 as a division of the technology company ecocoach AG and has its headquarters in Brunnen, where series production is also located.
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