When Ari Karjalainen, the CEO of Aurora Powertrains, saw the first electric cars come to market, he knew he had to bring this technology to snowmobiles.
“I thought, why not make an electric snowmobile? [Regular] snowmobiles cause pollution and noise,” says Karjalainen.
A senior lecturer at Lapland University of Applied Sciences in Rovaniemi, Finland, with an electrical engineering background, Karjalainen was well-placed to design an electric vehicle that could withstand a harsh Arctic environment, including the challenges of making it snow-proof.
In 2017, Karjalainen and his team succeeded in creating an electric snowmobile — which his company calls an eSled. The appeal for travelers visiting the Arctic was immediately clear.
That’s because electric snowmobiles are utterly silent.