Kässbohrer has long been a forerunner in terms of sustainability and environmental awareness. That Kässbohrer offers the only alternative drive is not an accident: the PistenBully 600 E+ with diesel-electric drive has already been on the market for roughly ten years – and is now in the second generation. It’s also no accident that the PistenBully 100 E has become a realistic emission-free alternative for cross-country ski trails and indoor skiing. Moreover, it is no accident that Kässbohrer has been part of a pilot hydrogen project since 2019 with the goal of bringing a vehicle that is ready for series production to the slopes.
PistenBully 600 E+ – milestone among snow groomers
As a technological leader with a long tradition, Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG feels obligated to improve things. Already in 2012, the first diesel-electrically driven snow groomer was deployed in an alpine application. The demand for the second generation 600 E+ is even exceeding supply. Excitement about the vehicle abounds. As Dominik Kalbermatten, Manager of Slope Rescue at Saastal Bergbahnen AG puts it: “There is no way we would give up our PistenBully 600 E+!”
PistenBully 100 E: on the path from concept to a product that is ready for series production
The transition has also been accomplished with the first fully electric PistenBully 100 E. Presented as a world’s first at the Interalpin 2019, Kässbohrer is now taking the next step forward and developing the trial further toward series production. Of course, we are utilizing the synergy effects from experiences gathered over the past 10 years for electric drives. “We not only want to make this technology ready for series production but also affordable,” explains Michael Kuhn, Vice-President Construction & Development at Kässbohrer in Laupheim. “This promisin