PistenBully unveil first 100% electric piste basher

Thanks to Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough, concern about the environment and reducing carbon emissions is as high as ever.

100% Electric Piste Basher

Could it be that we the grooming of the slopes could become emissions free? Kässbohrer, the German company who make piste bashers, have unveiled a new 100% electric machine.

Testing is currently underway

Although currently only a prototype, the company is very positive. The trial version has already proven itself in the snow and has passed its first tests and will now undergo extensive testing.

The PistenBully 100 E was unveiled at the InterAlpin trade fair in Innsbruck, Austria last month and is the world’s first 100% electric snow groomer.

100% electric piste basher

Fully charged it will last up to 3 hours

The new model was developed together with Mattro Production GmbH, a company from Schwaz, Austria. It has a battery that will allow it to fully charge in six and a half hours, allowing an average usage of 2.5 to 3 hours of emissions free piste preparation.

Kässbohrer were ahead of the curve already when they launched the PistenBully 600 E+ – a hybrid diesel-electric snow groomer in 2012. The company has built over 22,000 machines in its history, making it the largest producer of piste bashers in the world.

How do piste bashers work?

If you’d like to know more about how piste bashers work, then please take a look at our blog post which looks at this in real detail.

Technical Details

  • Battery: Output capacity = 126 kWh / Rated voltage: 400 V
  • Charge time (SoC=State of Charge): 75 % SoC ~5 hours / 100 % SoC ~6.5 hours
  • Vehicle drive: Power up to 2 x 90 kW
  • Torque at the drive sprocket: +20 % compared to the PistenBully 100
  • Max Speed: 27 km/h
  • Average drive time: 2.5–3 hours
  • CO2 emissions: 100% emission-free 0g/h
100% electric piste basher
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