The PistenBully 600 E+ continues its victory tour through the high Alpine peaks. Following in the footsteps of numerous famous ski resorts that have bought a “green” PistenBully
in the first two years, the Weisse Arena Gruppe, Flims-Laax, has just ordered its second PistenBully 600 E+.
This second PistenBully 600 E+ was handed over to the Weisse Arena Gruppe Bergbahnen last week. Armin Schmid, Head Driver in Laax, had seen a presentation of the PistenBully 600 E+ three years ago and was immediately impressed by the new technology. “I was immediately drawn to the innovation and the prospect of simply saving fuel and being kinder to the environment with this technology.” The technology of the PistenBully 600 E+ corresponds to a drop in fuel consumption of 20 %, which goes hand-in-hand with a 20 %-reduction in both CO2 and NOx emissions.
That was the motivation behind the acquisition of a PistenBully 600 E+ last season. “The diesel-electric drive causes drivers to rethink, as full performance is achieved with much lower revs”, continues Armin Schmid, “and this means the PistenBully 600 E+ even uses much less fuel as well”.
Our experience from the first season of using the 600 E+ also underlines this. “That’s why we have just decided to buy another green PistenBully”, confirms Martin Hug, Member of the Weisse Arena Gruppe Board with responsibility for Cable Cars, Lifts and Buildings. Sustainability is very important to the Weisse Arena-Gruppe. “We offer our guests adventures in a unique natural landscape. Accordingly, our approach to business is always in harmony with these natural resources and we feel an obligation to use them sustainably, because an unspoilt environment is the guarantee of our future and that of the next generation”, says Martin Hug of the firm’s policies.
Modern technology – special drivers
One of the two 600 E+ is usually shared by 2 female drivers. Rebecca Harris, one of the two women, is very enthusiastic about her job. “I always wanted to drive PistenBully. The powerful vehicles fascinated me even as a young girl. Last year I made the decision to resign from my job in the sports shop and fulfil my dream”, explains Rebecca Harris. “And I have not regretted this decision either – you have to assert yourself a bit among your male colleagues, but maybe that’s not a bad thing too”, continues Rebecca Harris with a wink.
The young driver is now starting on the new PistenBully 600 E+ with her colleague. She does have one problem though. She finds the new PistenBully 600 E+ too quiet