Could an Electric Snow Bike Be Your New Off-Road Ride This Winter?

Deliveries are scheduled to begin next month

A MoonBike in a winter landscape.

Picture someone riding a personal vehicle off-road around a snow-covered landscape. Upon reflection, there can be some cognitive dissonance that emerges from that. Consider it: the beauty of a natural landscape, along with the intrusion of a gas-powered snowmobile that is, in its own way, contributing to the destruction of that very landscape.

Is there a way for dedicated off-roaders to embrace traveling through the snow without bringing a vast array of emissions into the picture? It sure seems like it. A new article at Autoblog chronicles the launch of the MoonBike, an electric snow bike that offers a high-tech way to travel off the beaten path.

The company’s founder, Nicolas Muron, spent a significant amount of time at his grandparents’ home in the French Alps, which offered him a front-row seat in observing how people get around in the winter. This led to the creation of the MoonBike, an ultra-light electric snow bike that’s caught the attention of several people in the technology space — earlier this year, MoonBike secured $5 million in funding.

Autoblog’s article has more details about what to expect — between 60 and 90 minutes per charge, depending on the mode you’re using, the terrain below you and the rider’s weight. All in all, the MoonBike can reach speeds of up to 26 miles per hour.

MoonBike is currently taking reservations for an initial edition of 100, with prices starting at $8,500 and delivery scheduled to begin in mid-January 2022. If you’re looking for an additional battery or a fast charger, those will cost extra — and if you’re having it delivered to the United States or Canada, shipping and customs fees will raise that price somewhat. But if you’re looking for an environmentally-friendly way to get around in remote, snowy regions, it’s not hard to see the appeal.

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