John Deere, the American manufacturer of agriculture machinery and lawn care equipment, has just announced that it’s joining the electric revolution and launching a line of battery-powered residential ride-on lawnmowers. Up first is the Z370R Electric Ztrak Residential Zero Turn mower, launched on Tuesday.
The new fully electric ride-on mower – an industry-first, according to John Deere – is a big step in opening up zero-emission lawn care equipment options for homeowners. “The machine upgrades your mowing experience while being emission-free,” the press release says.
Data from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have shown that gas-powered lawnmowers make up five percent of total air pollution in the US. Moreover, it takes about 800 million gallons of gasoline each year – with an additional 17 million gallons spilled – to fuel this equipment.
The machine features a 3,2 kWh (3,56 kWh maximum) sealed lithium-ion battery capable of mowing up to two acres per charge. It delivers the same productivity and cut quality as its gas-powered counterparts, with added benefits.
No noise, no vibrations
The electric transaxle has a seven mph maximum forward speed, three different modes, and zero turn capabilities for the perfect lines each time. The machine is equipped with a 42-inch Accel Deep Deck and two adjustable mowers.
It also features an LCD screen that will allow you to check the battery status and cycle between power modes depending on the kind of yardwork you need to get done. The mower has a 20-inch custom set, armrests, and a spring suspension.
One of the best features is that it operates in relative silence since it doesn’t include a gasoline engine. No more vibrations either, and no more high-pitched whine while riding.
And last but not least, an electric lawn mower frees you from gas and oil changes, filters, belts, maintenance, and all the fun stuff that comes with owning a traditional lawnmower.
Although it’s not technically the first zero-turn electric mower (others, such as EGO, also have electric zero-turn mowers), it’s a big step in zero-emission electric technology for residential use.
Also, other brands are experimenting with alternative fuels. In January this year, New Holland Agriculture, a global player in agricultural machinery, demonstrated its first tractor that runs on biomethane at Agriflanders, an agricultural fair in Flanders Expo (in Ghent, Belgium).
The prototype unveiled in Ghent was developed to meet the growing demand for high-horsepower machines that combine outstanding performance with reduced emissions and operating costs.
John Deere’s Z370R Electric mower is available for preorder with a list price of $6 399 (almost €6 000), according to the website.
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