The opportunity for this project arose when the McGill Gault Nature Reserve (GNR) in Mont-Saint-Hilaire proposed a mechanical engineering project (MECH 463). The mission is to help them reduce their carbon footprint by providing them with a less environmentally-harmful electric ATV to perform their every day maintenance tasks.
The Gault Nature Reserve (GNR) in Mont-Saint-Hilaire of McGill University is a private conservation reserve that protects the primeval forests of the St. Lawrence Valley. Its multitude of walking trails throughout the reserve is a year-round tourist attraction, receiving up to a few thousand visitors on a given day. Due to its large size, the daily maintenance on the GNR is mostly done by ATV’s.