April 19, 2024

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With the flip of a switch, the snowmobile springs to life. The batteries beneath my seat engage, and launch me at lightning speed through the fresh white powder ahead. Soon I am gliding across a frozen lake in Swedish Lapland like a speedboat on water. 

Mindful not to get carried away, I loop back toward the starting point, engaging the brakes just before the treeline. The sled skids to a halt. The low whine of its electric motor instantly replaced by the eery quiet of the Arctic.   

“You can connect so much more with the outdoors when you don’t have the noise and the smell of fumes filling your nostrils,” Christian Lystrup, co-founder and CEO of Vidde, the startup who built the machine I have just test-drove, tells TNW.  

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