Italian manufacturer Prinoth has announced the first hydrogen-powered snow groomer.
The new LEITWOLF h2MOTION piste basher will be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and is currently being tested by the South Tyrolean company. Prinoth also has a fully electric model, the HUSKY eMOTION, in development.
Anton Seeber, president of the HTI group, said:
“For us, sustainable development is not just a slogan, it’s a real commitment. We don’t just talk about protecting the environment, we’re doing something concrete about it with renewable technology and carbon neutral snow groomers.”
Carbon Neutral piste bashers
The h2MOTION delivers the required performance for a piste basher, but still reduces emissions to zero. In terms of engine power the hydrogen-powered machine can even exceed the classic version with its 544hp (400kw).
This new technology will be out on the slopes for its first public ‘test drive’ in Alta Badia on 20-21 December when the resort hosts two ski World Cup races.
Technical Data (h2MOTION)
Maximum engine power: 400kW (544 hp)
Drive: H2 fuel cell, electric motor
Working autonomy: up to four hours
Immediate maximum torque at start-up: 2300 Nm
Technical Data (eMOTION)
Maximum engine power: 200kW (270 hp)
Drive: Electric motor
Battery power: 190 kWh
Working autonomy: up to three hours
Immediate maximum torque at start-up: 1140 Nm