Electric sledding has emerged as a popular pastime in Norway, and Justin, also known as Garage Avenger, is at the forefront of this movement. His mission was to revitalize the activity for the modern era by equipping sleds with powerful electric turbines that could quickly push passengers around the ice.
Justin started by refurbishing an old sled, removing rust from the runners and reconditioning the wood. The antique sled got a set of 3D printed cowlings for the turbines, a thumb throttle on the upgraded handlebars, and a big battery with an Arduino to bring it all together. With everything assembled and ready, the sled easily got its passengers up to speeds of 20-30 kph depending on their weight and size.
The brake built on an old ice skate provided emergency stops, making it a huge hit among everyone at the skating pond. There are plenty of other ways to spruce up old sleds too, like this one that adds a suspension for rocketing down unplowed roads. Justin’s innovative idea has sparked interest in electric sledding across Norway, and it looks like this pastime will be revitalized for years to come.