Fuel Cell Powered Snowmobile Concept Sleek

Jessica Covi, an industrial design student graduating from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, has designed a hydrogen fuel snowmobile fit for a Bond villain, if said villain were also eco-friendly. Called the Nanuq, the snowmobile has caught some attention online for its motor system.

Comprised of a hydrogen fuel cell system that powers a battery pack and electric engines, the Nanuq seeks to curb CO2 and noise pollution. The vehicle is almost a miniature car-on-ice, featuring side-view cameras, a dashboard complete with GPS navigation, and a variety of safety mechanisms, including a harness seatbelt, airbag, and rollbar.

image via Creative DNA Austria

According to an emission survey of Yellowstone Nation Park noted in the design portfolio, snowmobiles account for 50% of CO2 emissions during the winter months; a somewhat surprising figure, but an important point for why electric vehicles of all types can help reduce environmental impact.

As stated above, the Nanuq also cuts down on noise pollution, which may not be as important as harmful gas emissions, but in places like Yellowstone, or other wildlife areas where snowmobiles are used, disturbing the local habitat with loud sounds can have negative consequences for animals.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.


  • Reply June 8, 2011


    Hydrogen fuel cell might be a new step in snowmobile concepts but that design is not a snowmobile.u00a0 More like a car on tracks and ski’s.u00a0 You could not take that into the pow in the backcountry.u00a0 Good luck getting it unstuck.u00a0 It’s a fricking tractor and I’m sure it weighs close to a tractor too LOL!!!u00a0 Got to love engineers designing something that has no business in the backcountry, much less the snow.u00a0 Might be fun in MN, but not BC CO AK etc…

  • Reply June 9, 2011


    It could never do the job of a snowmobile. If your life was in danger and the only thing that could reach you was a snowmobile would you rather have a longtracked 800 coming to save you, or pray that that thing can somehow reach you in time?nnHeck, I’d feel better knowing a yammaha was coming to save me than that thing.

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