Charles Bombardier

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Charles Bombardier
Born Template:Birth-date and age
Valcourt, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Industrial designer, Entrepreneur

Charles Bombardier is a Canadian industrial designer and entrepreneur.[1] Bombardier worked for his family's vehicle design and manufacturing company, Bombardier Inc. and Bombardier Recreational Products. Bombardier creates his own vehicle designs and publishes them on his website.


Charles Bombardier was born in Valcourt, Canada in 1974.[2] Bombardier's grandfather was Joseph-Armand Bombardier, founder of Bombardier Inc. and Bombardier Recreational Products and inventor of the snowmobile.[2][3][4] Bombardier began working with his family business at 16, when he started working on the assembly line at one of the company's factories.[5]


Bombardier attended Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel before attending the University of Quebec in Canada.[2][6] For three years, Bombardier studied machining metal on the lathe and milling technique, sheet metal production, and welding techniques at the university. Bombardier furthered his education at École de technologie supérieure, the engineering university in Quebec.[2][7] Bombardier graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1998.[2]


Bombardier began his career with Bombardier Inc. after graduation. In the 2000s he managed three development projects with Bombardier Recreational Products as engineer and production manager.[2][8] Bombardier's experience in designing luggage racks led to his first project, the Traxter XL ATV, the first 4X4 straddle type all-terrain vehicle with a cargo box.[2] The second task Bombardier managed was the Ski-Doo Elite Snowmobile, a luxury side-by-side snowmobile in 2004.[2] In 2006, Bombardier managed the production and manufacturing of the BRP Can-Am Spyder Roadster.[2][6] It was the first certified on-road motorcycle manufactured by BRP.v Bombardier developed an electronically powered ATV in 2008, but it never went into production.

While working for BRP, Bombardier was also the owner of Segway Canada, but after three years sold his business back to Segway because of the limited market.[2] Bombardier also owned and operated Évasion Hors-Piste, a BRP, Kawasaki, and BMW.[2] vehicle dealership with point sales in Sherbrooke and Granby, Quebec. Bombardier sold the business in 2009 to pursuing his career in designing.[2] In October 2013, Bombardier began writing as a weekly columnist for the automobile section of The Globe and Mail.[5][9]

Concept designs

Bombardier began publishing his concepts online in March 2013.[6] The concept designs Bombardier publishes range from cars, motorcycles, planes, and boats.[8] Each design includes a narrative explaining Bombardier's reasoning for developing the idea and how the design works.[10] Bombardier collaborates with multiple different designers who take his descriptions, basic engineering, and project goals to render the vehicles.[2] Bombardier does not patent his designs and publishes them publically to social media sites and his website.[2] The concepts are meant to attract the attention of potential investors and manufacturers and create potential business opportunities.

The Arrow


Bombardier published the concept for the Arrow in The Globe and Mail in November 2013.[5] The Arrow is a small electronic vehicle with a narrow body that has a cockpit.[5][11] The design would be powered by Lithium-air batteries with a range of over 370 miles.[12][13] Bombardier found inspiration for the design after visiting an R&D shop in California that makes personal watercrafts that also double as semi-submersibles.[12]

Photon Mini Jetboat

Bombardier created the design for the Photon Mini Jetboat based on the design of motorboats with outwards motors that were popular in the 1970s.[14][15] The design was chosen largely for the reason of aesthetics.[14] The objective of the design is to provide a more immersive water experience.[14]



The Nunavik is a ground effect cargo plane concept designed by Bombardier.[4] The Russian Ekranoplan served as Bombardier's inspiration for the design.[4] The Nunavik is designed to fly up to 200 mph, 15 to 50 feet above the ground.[4] The concept would be used to support drilling and mining operations by transporting cargo between Artic locations, as well as border patrol and search-and-rescue missions.[4]



  1. "A dream job dreaming up future vehicles". Cnet. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 "Charles Bombardier dreams big with wild concepts". Driving. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  3. "This Trike Motorcycle Concept Is Like A Big Wheel For Adults". Popular Science. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "Designer Airliners - Ice Road Flying". Aviation Week. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "The Arrow: A motorcycle with a dash of fighter jet". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Le Petit-Fils de Joseph-Armand Bombardier Concepteur D'Automobiles". Autonet. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  7. "L’Exuma, Un Nouveau Concept de Ponton Électrique de Charles Bombardier". Quebec Yachting. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Charles Bombardier, artiste-ingénieur". La Presse. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  9. "The Overdrive truck: Able to move in any direction". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  10. "Creating a Stress-Free Environment". Trend Reports. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  11. "Tandem electric car is like a road-going jet fighter". Dvice. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Arrow: A four-wheeled 'fighter jet' for the road". Cnet. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  13. "The Arrow: What Happens When an Electric Motorcycle and a Fighter Jet Have a Love Child". Inhabitat. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 "Photon Mini Jetboat". Moteur Boat. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  15. "Véhicule concept: Photon Mini Jetboat". Le Guide De L'Auto. Retrieved 2014-04-13.