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Does it make sense to refer our resto & lodging faves along the trails to apply to have charging stations installed?

Electrifying may not appeal to everyone, at this time, but doesn't keeping our faves viable benefit all?

Looks like the process starts by filling out the "CHARGING HOST APPLICATION FORM" here: https://www.taigamotors.com/off-road-charging

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12 hours ago, NSHM said:

Start with Repo or Jasmine...it will be a logistical nightmare in any high traffic stop.

Getting sufficient power capacity to remote locations will be the real issue.  Many stage 3 stations need three phase power.  Some of these places are already on gen-sets with no grid connection and the places with a grid connection are only single phase.  Doubling or tripling generator capacity would be pretty costly and defeats the purpose.  Batteries need to come a long ways first.  Double the range and then come up with a auxiliary pack similar in size to a linq fuel can and this might get to a point where it's feasible for the average rider.  All the power to these guys.  I hope they can do that.  Performance will be awesome.

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How about a propane powered engine.  Cleaner than gas and a 100 lb. Tube would last a long time

  Personally I think let's get  all the cities in Canada and the United states under electric power first and then worry about our snowmobile engines. 

  My opinion only. 

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6 hours ago, Signfan said:

All the power to these guys

Full non-greenie disclosure: My primary ('18) & backup ('13) Apex XTX's are the worst thirstiest dinosaur-recyclers out there!

 

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On 4/13/2021 at 9:06 AM, iceman said:

Maybe a helmet with a solar panel? Charge while you ride.

 

Laugh you may but what a great idea. Hell we got lights on them now and Sena communicators.

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  • 7 months later...

Maybe not in Shawinigan 

sold and delivered 68 sleds this year. 

Taiga Motors reassesses the schedule for its plant project in Shawinigan

The new Taiga plant was originally scheduled to open in 2022 in Shawinigan.

12:42 p.m. | Updated 2:07 p.m. Taiga Motors could reconsider the schedule of its plant project in Shawinigan to take into account its limited financial resources and production constraints related to the supply chain. We are in the process of reassessing the strategic role of the Shawinigan plant and considering its timing to achieve optimal production efficiency and to ensure that capital deployment and production capacity are aligned with plans to accelerate the production, President and CEO and co-founder Samuel Bruneau said on a conference call to discuss third-quarter results. Construction of the project, announced in 2021, was originally scheduled to be completed this year. In the wake of supply chain disruptions that delayed its production plans, Taiga Motors had already pushed back the start of construction to the second quarter of 2023 to begin production in 2024. The company has secured financial commitments from a value of nearly $50 million from the federal government, Quebec and the City of Shawinigan for this project. The Montreal manufacturer already has a functional factory in Montreal, which could produce at least 8,000 vehicles. The objective remains to build a second plant in Shawinigan which would bring the total production capacity to 70,000 vehicles.

The management of Taiga Motors wants to take the time to take advantage of the lessons learned at its Montreal plant, which delivered its first electric vehicles last March, said Chief Financial Officer Éric Bussières. He added that timelines would be revised as needed. We just want to be careful with our capital allocation. We have the ability to ramp up production to 8,000 units in Montreal. At this point, the priority is to accelerate production adequately in Montreal so that we can export best practices to the Shawinigan plant. Taiga began delivering its electric vehicles last March. By the end of September, it had sold 68 vehicles during the year. The company estimates it will be able to deliver 2,500 to 3,500 vehicles in 2023. Production plans were disrupted during the year due to component availability. The company estimates that it would be able to ramp up the pace of production by the end of the year. Mr. Bruneau mentioned that the company has made changes to its Montreal facilities to allow the production of snowmobiles and watercraft at the same time rather than on a seasonal cycle. The company has also made reserves of certain components in order to be able to increase the rate of production.

Seeking additional funding Taiga Motors also provided an update on its financial resources. The company had mentioned in August to be looking for additional sources of financing, while it had recorded losses for the launch of production and its expansion projects. We continue to take steps and will provide an update when an agreement has been reached, said Mr. Bussières. As of September 30, the company had cash of $31.2 million, compared to $52.4 million three months earlier. The company signed an agreement on November 1 with the Economic Development Agency of Canada to obtain funding of $10 million. The production ramp-up should ease pressure on Taiga Motors' finances, its chief financial officer believes. Frankly, we are not where we would have liked to be in terms of the pace of production in the third quarter, said Mr. Bussières. We are trying to catch up to reduce our inventory and free up money that we can use to buy back important components for summer production. In the third quarter, the company announced a net loss of $15.6 million, compared to a loss of $4.9 million in the same period last year. The company recorded revenue of $1.3 million, compared to its initial revenue of $141,000 in the first quarter.

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Good riddance.  Electric vehicles mile per mile create more Co2 and tons more actual environmental damage.  JHC people are fucking stupid.  Imagine the environmental impact of building the infrastructure out to get the GD electricity to these remote places.  Ya think there's gonna be even 2 of these fucking plugs at Repos much less 50 that would be needed.  Christ!

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On 11/15/2022 at 3:02 PM, actionjack said:

Good riddance.  Electric vehicles mile per mile create more Co2 and tons more actual environmental damage.  JHC people are fucking stupid.  Imagine the environmental impact of building the infrastructure out to get the GD electricity to these remote places.  Ya think there's gonna be even 2 of these fucking plugs at Repos much less 50 that would be needed.  Christ!

Spot on.

They need to stop investing in tech that doesn’t make sense. Put more money in R&D in gasoline engines that hardly pollute.

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On 11/17/2022 at 6:28 PM, jak said:

I don't think EV are a very smart idea for all the reasons posted but I'd bet a months pay there ain't a tradesman alive that would go back to corded tools, just saying.

Yeah,but he brings them to the jobsite on his fuel drinker.

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