The objective of this project is to complete a computer model of a hybrid electric snowmobile, then use the model to design and produce a snowmobile that will go beyond the constraints of the student Clean Snowmobile Challenge competition in meeting the goals of a clean and quiet snowmobile for use in environmentally sensitive areas.
The snowmobile will be a modified stock chassis with a drive train designed to minimize power transmission losses. Initial feasibility studies have shown that a parallel hybrid electric snowmobile can reduce pollution and sound emissions and improve fuel economy compared to the new commercially available four-stroke snowmobiles. The power plant for the new snowmobile is intended to be a small gasoline engine, coupled with an electric motor and a battery pack.
The first year of this project includes benchmark laboratory and field-testing of the original stock snowmobile, design and construction of the modified snowmobile, and laboratory testing. Final field-testing of the completed snowmobile would require second year funding to allow for testing under winter conditions.