Brammo’s high-performance electric motorcycle demonstrates that eco-friendly vehicles can be cool, and now we’ve got even more proof. The MTT-136 is a rugged 280 lb machine wrapped in aluminium that makes short work of even the most treacherous terrain. Able to reach speeds of up to 40 km/h, the battery-powered sled can plow through snowbanks, pull fallen logs, and push vehicles.
Designed by Yvon Martel, who has been testing the vehicle in his hometown Quebec, the sled’s applications are only limited by the user’s imagination. A video clip for the MTT-136 shows the sled being used to carry the inventor through terrain that would be impassable for other vehicles. Martel’s creation isn’t limited to snow either; it can perform many of the same functions over dry land and urban terrain.
Because the battery configuration has been left up to the user, it can take anywhere from 15 minutes to eight hours for the vehicle to fully charge. A hidden socket in the side of the MTT-136 also allows it to be used as a 110V power source for tools and other survival equipment when exposed to the elements. And a foldable rear handle makes it easy to fit the miniature tank into the back of a minivan or pickup when you want to transport it elsewhere in less time.
Martel has been hard at work on the prototype for the past four years, and is currently in search of manufacturers who are interested in making the all-terrain electric vehicle available to the world. As pointed out by CleanTechnica, the designer is considering other models as well, including the snowmobile style “S” model complete with front skis, or the “T” model which comes with a utility bed.
As people continue to develop electric vehicles and other eco-friendly alternatives that are equally attractive as their gas-powered counterparts, we will move closer to a world in which sustainable technology is the rule, not the exception.
Images by Yvon Martel