ABB and Taiga Motors partner to electrify recreational vehicles

ABB and Taiga Motors partner to electrify recreational vehicles

The partnership will enable charging of the world’s first electric snowmobiles and pave the way for a more sustainable future

Global e-mobility leader ABB has partnered with Taiga Motors, maker of electric powersports vehicles, to expand sustainability to off-road vehicles across North America and Europe. ABB will offer its safe, reliable and compact Terra AC wallbox and Terra DC wallbox charging stations.

The global powersports market delivered record-breaking sales this year and is expected to continue growing rapidly with a compound annual growth rate at over 6% between 2020 and 2026 according to Global Market Insights1. But this growth may take an environmental toll because snowmobiles are one of the few vehicles that do not require a catalytic converter, a device that reduces the amount of harmful pollutants from a vehicle. The absence of this converter leads to disproportionate emission levels to the point where electrifying one snowmobile can have the same environmental impact as electrifying more than forty cars.

Canada-based Taiga Motors is heralding a new era of electrification for off-road vehicles with the world’s first production electric snowmobiles and personal watercrafts. By eliminating noise pollution and reducing the vehicles’ environmental impact, this partnership leads the way to a sustainable future at a time when countries have increased regulations at national parks, lakes and trails worldwide.

ABB will enable Taiga Motors to bring reliable and effective charging solutions to its customers. For recreational vehicles, the two key factors are ensuring power and performance, which are both fulfilled by Taiga Motors’ electric offerings that feature more torque and faster acceleration.

  • The powerful onboard computer behind Orca's dashboard shows riders the state of charge, as well as GPS mapping and several other features.
  • Orca charging dockside with as the sun sets on Lac-Brome.
  • Orca's instant low end torque makes it an ideal watercraft for tow sports.
  • Taiga's Norwegian dealership partner Ståle Sømåen from Østlandet Motor Service charges the Ekko with ABB Terra DC Wallbox after a long day of testing. Photo by Baardseth Media.
  • Nomad is ready for the trails after charging over lunch at Lac-à-l'Eau-Claire. Photo by Baardseth Media.

ABB lays the foundations for a future of safe, smart, and sustainable mobility, accessible by everyone, everywhere by providing charging solutions that meet the needs of the next generation of electric vehicles. Its e-mobility solutions form an important part of ABB Electrifications ‘Mission to Zero’ initiative, which supports carbon reduction with solutions which use less and cleaner energy.

This partnership will encourage adoption of EVs across North America and Europe by making it easier for recreational riders and fleet operators to charge their off-road vehicles at marinas, ski resorts, popular trails, and even remote riding areas such as the mountainous backcountry. ABB’s charging stations, designed to work in harsh weather conditions, are a perfect fit as these vehicles will be operated in some of the most extreme environments.

Since entering the EV charging space nearly a decade ago, ABB has driven sustainable transportation forward having sold more than 17,000 DC fast chargers in over 80 countries across the world. With its entry into the electric off-road vehicles charging, ABB remains committed to driving innovation in the sector.

“We are excited to play an integral role in making the rollout of the world’s first off-road vehicles a success while reinforcing our commitment to sustainability,” said Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB’s global business for E-mobility Infrastructure Solutions.

“We envision a future where riders can explore the great outdoors without transporting fuel. Renewable powered batteries can be placed in remote areas to provide off-grid charging, so adventurers can simply plug in and go further than ever before,” said Samuel Bruneau, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder at Taiga Motors.

Taiga Motors will begin delivery of its electric snowmobiles for fleets this winter season and will increase next fall. Deliveries of its Orca electric personal watercrafts will begin next year during spring. This partnership will support the transition to more sustainable outdoor adventures by providing a turnkey solution to customers.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 110,000 talented employees in over 100 countries.

Taiga Motors was founded in 2015 by a group of engineers that believed there should not exist a compromise between exhilarating powersport pursuits and sacrificing the environment. Taking on one of the most challenging vehicle segments to electrify, Taiga has pushed the frontiers of electric technology to achieve the extreme power, weight and thermal specifications required to outperform the high performance but polluting 2-stroke engine. The result is the world’s first electric snowmobile and watercraft designed from the ground up that is faster, more reliable, more efficient & better connected to the great outdoors.

[1] Report by Global Market Insights


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