Calgary students develop a way for ATVs to run on renewable energy

all-terrain vehicle. Image credit: Unsplash/Karim Manjra

Calgary/CMEDIA: Conversion of all-terrain vehicles to solar power has been figured out by some engineering students in Calgary and hope it will benefit Indigenous and remote communities in Canada’s North.

All-terrain vehicles (ATV), as well as utility-task vehicles, are used in the North to transport people and goods around some of the most isolated landscapes in the world.

Dr. Henry Penn from the Arctic Institute of North America’s Kluane Lake Research Station, 220 kilometers northwest of Whitehorse, wanted to find a way to convert a gas-powered Kubota mid-sized utility vehicle used at the station to an electric motor.

Dr. Penn In partnership University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering began to develop this project, with project adviser Kerry Black, assistant professor and Canada Research Chair in the department of civil engineering at the Schulich School of Engineering

Kerry black had vast experience working on urgent and pressing infrastructure issues across Canada for Indigenous communities. 

The ATV which has been shipped back to the Yukon research station would be on display at a conference on renewables in remote communities in Whitehorse in a couple of weeks.

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