The Ziesel works kind of like an off-road armchair


November 12, 2013

The Ziesel takes to the snow

The Ziesel takes to the snow

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How many times have you heard people say that we should all get out of our comfy chairs, and go experience the great outdoors? OK, maybe never, but it's certainly a common sentiment. In the case of the Ziesel, however, you can do both. It's essentially a chair with electric motors, suspension, and caterpillar-type tracks.

The Ziesel (which is German for "ground squirrel") is made by Austria's Mattro Mobility Revolutions, and is designed to travel over all types of terrain. That said, its designers seem particularly stoked about its use on ski hills, for duties such as patrolling, hauling gear or performing rescues.

It has two electric motors that put out a combined 400 Nm (295 ft lb) of torque, and take it up to a top speed of 35 km/h (22 mph). Power comes from a 96-volt lithium-ion battery pack, that has an automatic heating system for use in cold environments. The company tells us that its range will vary greatly depending on use, although one charge of the battery should be good for four to eight hours of continuous driving.

Steering and speed are managed using a single armrest-mounted joystick. The driver is held in place with a four-point harness, and a tubular steel frame offers protection in the event of a rollover.

The Ziesel tips the scales at 210 kg (463 lb), including its battery pack. The base version sells for €21,710 (around US$29,000) plus shipping.

One can be seen frolicking in the snow, in the video below.

Source: Ziesel

[Ed note: We've been informed that Mattro is based out of Austria, not Germany, and have edited this article accordingly]

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away. All articles by Ben Coxworth

Very cool! I can see myself hooning along a beach in one of these..... :)


This can certainly open the doors for wheelchair bound people as well. They could go just about anywhere off-roaders can go. I wonder how it would do on sand dunes??

John Waller

Ah, those wacky Germans...

What a perfectly ridiculous contraption!

I want one. Badly.


A model very similar to this is being provided to disabled veterans and is priced around $15k. Bill O'Reilly (The O'Reilly Factor) has been VERY instrumental in getting that model to wounded vets, free of charge.

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