You’ve certainly experienced how moving around in nature and sensing the forest makes your heart ring. Did you know that now you can also conquer Finland's wintry, snowy nature silently and without emissions, i.e. in an environmentally friendly way, while respecting nature and cherishing natural values? We offer an excellent opportunity for that, because from us you can rent a new winter hit, eLyly, which is the world's first electric snow scooter designed by Harri Koskinen.
eLyly won an innovation competition in 2019 and progressed to production so that Metsä Kolo received a couple of them from the very first batch in late winter 2021. The scooter got its name from an ancient ski called 'lyly' that was the longer sliding ski for the left foot, of a pair of odd skis. Väinämöinen, who is demigod, hero and a central character in Finnish folklore (and the main character in the national epic Kalevala by Elias Lönnrot) has moved around using a corresponding long sliding ski under the Northern Lights… The modern electric snow scooter enables a return to the peace of nature and to ecological transport on snow - and it is exactly this kind of needs of the modern forest visitor it has been designed for.
The basic material of eLyly is birch plywood that reflects Finnish birth roots, the life of Kalevala and the ancient Finns who lived in the forest. Through the wooden body of eLyly, the spirit of the forest can flow freely through your whole body and do good to your soul. A snow scooter resembles an electric kickboard. The biggest differences are the narrow continuous track under the board and the wide ski called lyly in place of the front tire. The narrow track allows the scooter to advance in the snow.
The snow scooter is light compared to a snowmobile; it weighs only 50kg with the battery. eLyly is safe to use; the maximum speed is about 25km per hour. The range of action per charge is 15-20km, depending a bit on the terrain and snow conditions. Driving is comparable to an electric kickboard, separate driving license or insurance is not required. It is allowed to use eLyly in national parks, too.
You certainly want to experience the feeling you experience when cruising on eLyly in the middle of silence - in a fun, quiet and ecological way. eLyly also takes you closer to natural attractions that you can not even reach with a snowmobile. Pasi Kauppinen, who has developed eLyly, says that sustainable ways of moving in winter are the key to preserving natural values and to a better world. Come and experience this easy and quiet pleasure of Finland's snowy nature at Metsä Kolo!
Watch a video on the birth of eLyly: