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    The Canadian military wants to make stealth snowmobiling something more than sneaking out of the house for a day of riding without the wife noticing.

    According to a report on CTV.ca, Canada’s Department of Defence wants to build a new snowmobile for use in the country’s Arctic. A public tender has been posted for a hybrid-electric snowmobile and $550,000 has been secured for building a prototype.

    The stealth snowmobile will be used for covert operations and the Department of Defence has made it clear that silence is a top priority.

    “The noise level of an internal combustion engine cannot be reduced to an acceptable level for missions where covertness may be required, especially given the increased propagation of sound in cold, dry, Arctic air,” reads the tender. “Electric snowmobiles are a potential solution to this problem, eliminating the internal combustion engine and using a much quieter electric motor to drive the track system.”

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      Concept vehicles are always kind of fun. Sure, the mast majority will never reach production, but it’s interesting to see what designers can come up with.

      We recently came across a unique hydrogen-powered model that uses electric motors that was designed by Jessica Covi, an industrial design student at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

      Dubbed Nanuq, this unit features a hydrogen fuel cell system that provides power to a battery pack and electric engines. This concept is wider in the rear than a traditional snowmobile and features two narrow tracks rather than a single wide one. Other features on the Nanuq include side-view cameras, GPS navigation, airbag, rollbar and seatbelt harness.

      So what do you think of the Nanuq? How far away are we from a snowmobile not powered by traditional fuel sources?

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