World’s First Production Electric ZTR Mower


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The folks at Hustler Turf of Hesston, Kansas, plan to introduce the Hustler Zeon, a clean-sheet-designed, battery-powered, zero-turning-radius mower at the Green Industry Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, later this month. They called us late last week to tell us their news, and I immediately asked whether I might take a pre-Louisville look at the concept, which is just what I did today.

Hustler Zeon

Wow, is about all I can say. The Zeon is a full-fledged ZTR mowing concept that is eerily quiet, simple to control, comfortable to operate and doesn’t generate a single bit of pollution directly. You don’t have to wear ear protection, breathe fumes or get all heated up while keeping the lawn lovely with this new machine. In addition to the obvious advantages of electric, this mower has many fewer moving parts than its hydro/mechanically motivated counterparts and is simple to build and to maintain. Gone are belts, hydraulic hoses and controls, pulleys, PTO clutches and other bits and pieces that require routine maintenance and adjusting. In their place, the Zeon uses a pair of DC motors to drive the cutting blades directly and a pair of microprocessor-controlled AC motors to control the drive wheels. Speed and direction are controlled with a pair of levers, as with most ZTR mowers. When the mowing is finished, just plug the machine into a standard outlet, and it will be ready for work the next time you need it.  

Hustler Zeon Left Side

The Zeon is rated to easily mow an acre on a single charge. An integrated battery minder will shut the deck off when the juice gets critically low to leave enough energy to bring the mower back to the shed for a recharge.

Zeon pricing hasn’t been determined, but expect the initial 48-volt 42-inch cut, side-discharge deck equipped model to be priced competitively with similarly-sized high quality ZTRs.

Hank Will_2
10/23/2008 12:47:14 PM

Hey Jerry -- It's good to know you all are getting the dealer network setup. I think there will be plenty of demand. I have spent quite a bit of time around the GE tractors of old. In fact I wrote quite a bit about them in my latest book , "Classic Garden Tractors," which is a history of garden tractors in America. You can read more about it here: Thanks. Hank

Jerry Rhodes
10/23/2008 11:52:35 AM

Mr Will I set corrected, ours is not a ZTR, but we are doing production and shows at this time, we will be at the Ft Wayne, IN Lawn & Garden show this weekend. We will be shipping to Canada soon and we are working with a dealer in Fla for that area. As the website said, used the old proved design of years ago, so we have versatility an longevity in the use of all the old GE an Wheelhorse attachments, again thank you Jerry METI

Hank Will_2
10/23/2008 10:22:04 AM

Hey Jerry -- I have been aware of METI and I applaud your work. I wasn't aware that you have a zero-turning-radius (ZTR) product, or that you have entered production on any machines. Your website doesn't indicate that either is the case. If you are ready to ship mowers or tractors, or have a ZTR design for sale that I am not aware of, please send me the information. I am eager to help you spread the word.

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