Hurtigruten’s land-based adventure travel company Hurtigruten Svalbard came into a partnership with the Finnish startup company Aurora Powertrains to come up with the new snowmobiles and start new era of silent and emission free snowmobiling.
“Exploring some of the most pristine areas of our planet has never been more eco-friendly. We firmly believe the future of travel is emission-free. Introducing electrical solutions in our land-based operations and activities is a major step in this direction. With the introduction of eSleds, Hurtigruten Svalbard once again leads the way with groundbreaking green technology,” Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldem says.
Hurtigruten Svalbard will set up a separate power supply including solar panels, a windmill and battery packs for energy storage to fully utilize the green potential in the sustainable operation of electric snow mobiles. Assemblin AS will deliver the complete renewable energy solution.
“Our eSleds and the entire operation will literally be powered by the midnight sun and Arctic winds. For us, this is only the beginning. We are already planning similar solutions to be installed at our hotels and other parts of our Svalbard operation,” Hurtigruten Svalbard director Krisztina Uzonyi says.
“At Aurora Powertrains we have a global mission to make ‘Snowmobiling Recharged’. eSled is based on ready-made chassis, combined with revolutionary technology. This will take Hurtigruten Svalbard’s guests into the Arctic wilderness, without emissions or the risk of distributing wildlife,” Aurora Powertrains Ltd CEO Ari Karjalainen says.
“Our renewable energy solution will utilize the Arctic winds during winters and the 24 hours of Midnight sun during summer. By joining forces, we are combining Assemblin’s green technology and Hurtigruten’s unparalleled ambitions and push for sustainable solutions in the travel industry. We hope others will follow,” Assemblin project manager Lars Rise says.