Kässbohrer: First diesel-electric vehicle worldwide grooming the Alpine slopes!
Lagt til av: Espen Børresen | publisert: 26.03.2012
PistenBully 600 E+ is now working in Kaunertal
Customers from Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Germany, plus the trade press, not only appraised the PistenBully 600 E+ on the slopes of the Kaunertal glacier, but also had a go at driving it. Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG, pioneer and innovation leader in snow groomers, has been using the first diesel-electric PistenBully for several weeks.
From the study to series production:
The PistenBully 600 E+ was seen for the first time as the prototype PistenBully EQ.1 with diesel-electric drive (hybrid drive) 2009 at the Interalpin in Innsbruck. The vehicle set the standard for the industry with regard to sustainable vehicle technology. PistenBully 600 TwinPower and PistenBully 600 E+ are two vehicles that represent the Laupheim company's exemplary commitment to sustainability. The PistenBully EQ.1. has been subjected to numerous tests since the beginning of the study and has proven that fuel savings of up to 20 are possible. The vehicle is now available as the PistenBully 600 E+. It meets the demand for environmentally-friendly, resource-friendly and above all economical driving in this vehicle class.
Diesel-electric drive: Environmentally-friendly, economical and costeffective.
Strictly speaking, diesel-electric drives are electric drives, which carry their own power plant - a generator, which is driven by a powerful diesel engine. The electrical energy produced supplies electric motors in addition to the propulsion motors for the direct actuation of the tiller and winch. With this technology the PistenBully 600 E+ becomes a sort of power station, which also allows you to connect external devices. The advantages are obvious: in comparison to a hydrostatic drive, the same or even a higher level of efficiency is achieved with lower power. The lower fuel consumption by up to 20 is a particular advantage. On the one hand, this reduces emissions on the other, the operating costs are lower and the vehicle becomes more cost-effective. Moreover, the energy is regained on the downrides and is used to drive the snow tiller. This type of drive also has advantages from a purely functional perspective, because you don’t need a hydraulic drive for attachments, but can operate them electrically. This also does away with the need for hydraulic pumps and hoses and the associated risk of leakages. The hybrid drive also provides enough power to operate external electric tools, e.g. for repair work. The diesel-electric drive was developed in close cooperation with external partners and universities.