January 19, 2009
Snowmobiles compete for ‘green’ title
Teams of U.S. engineering students are competing in Michigan to build a quieter, greener snowmobile.
Eighteen teams are registered for the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge being held this week at Michigan Technology University near Houghton.
Five of the teams are competing in the zero-emissions division formed in 2006 for electric snowmobiles, said Jay Meldrum, who organized the challenge.
Battery-operated snowmobiles most frequently are used at remote polar research stations where any level of emissions can contaminate ice and air samples taken by scientists, Meldrum said.