The battery trend in the green industry continues to grow, evidenced by the number of manufacturers showing off new and improved battery-powered equipment at GIE+Expo. Makers of these products cite benefits such as zero emissions, low vibration and noise and ease of maintenance.
Briggs & Stratton, Milwaukee, introduced its new Vanguard commercial lithium-ion battery pack. The engine manufacturer wants to be identified in the industry as a “provider of power,” a demo spokesperson said. The company introduced the battery pack at GIE+Expo in collaboration with Argo XTV, Wilmington, Delaware, a manufacturer of extreme terrain vehicles. An Argo XTR powered by Vanguard commercial battery packs was onsite at the outdoor booth, and the company has future plans to use it in Ferris Z1 mowers and its other brand products like Billy Goat.
At the tradeshow, Greenworks Commercial, Mooresville, North Carolina, added to its line of 82-volt tools with the introduction of the new GS 181 chainsaw. Greenworks also introduced its new GS RZ48R lithium-ion battery powered zero-turn mower. With a 48-inch deck and cutting heights ranging from 1.5-4.5-inch, the GS RZ48R is meant for use on residential lawns. The company also debuted the GS 82W1 at GIE+Expo, which it says is the only battery powered portable capstan winch in the U.S.
Another battery-focused company, Mean Green Mowers, Hamilton, Ohio, introduced its EVO-74, the flagship mower of its new “evolution” series mowers. The new mower has up to 10 hours of continuous mowing time, a 74-inch deck, speeds up to 13 mph, and horsepower comparable to a 37 horsepower diesel mower. The EVO has a new hub drive system, new patent pending deck lift system, and three times the power and weight carrying capability compared to Mean Green Mowers’ current CXR 60-inch mower.
These companies are just a few of the many who debuted new battery-powered solutions for green industry pros at GIE+Expo. This trend isn’t slowing down any time soon, and there’s no doubt there’ll be new faces and products in the battery-powered market in the years to come.