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Scythe Robotics Leads North American Charging Standard

Scythe Robotics to Lead Adoption of North American Charging
Standard in the Outdoor Power Equipment Industry

The Next Generation of M.52 is the First Product in the Category to Integrate the More Efficient, More Convenient Charging System Being Adopted Cross EVs

Boulder County, Colorado–(February 21, 2024)—Scythe Robotics, the Colorado-based company developing advanced, commercial-grade autonomous solutions for the landscape industry, today announced their adoption of the North American Charging Standard (NACS) charge port for M.52. This proactive move will integrate NACS capabilities into their all-electric, fully autonomous commercial mower as early as Q4 2024. As an industry first, Scythe leads the charge in non-automotive vehicle adoption of this standard, paving the way for widespread integration of electric commercial equipment in landscape operations.

Scythe M.52 - In the FieldScythe M.52 - In the Field

NACS, also known as the “Tesla Charger” or SAE J3400, is becoming the standard in electric vehicle (EV) charging. Leading automotive companies including Ford, General Motors, and BMW have committed to transitioning to NACS by 2025. This move toward standardized charging infrastructure is crucial in facilitating mass EV adoption and streamlining user experiences with reliable and simple charging solutions.

By embracing NACS, Scythe M.52 sets a new precedent in the landscape industry that utilizes the same charging interface and infrastructure familiar to businesses and consumers. By eliminating proprietary connectors and technologies, this transition ensures lower charging costs, greater ease of use, and expanded access to charging facilities for landscape companies mowing with M.52.

"We are committed to providing our landscape customers with meaningful solutions that sit at the forefront of technological innovation," said Davis Foster, Co-Founder and Chief Engineer of Scythe. "With the US moving towards the adoption of NACS across the board, it's clear that this standardized charging solution will be the optimal and most convenient method for charging any EV or machine—including M.52—for the foreseeable future. We are excited to extend these benefits to our customers."

Scythe M.52 - Plaza on the Lake

The next generation of M.52, slated for production in late 2024, will integrate NACS components as they are made available for non-Tesla manufacturers. Existing generations of M.52 can be compatible with the new standards through a common NACS-to-J1772 connector. Looking forward, NACS holds the potential for future improvements and features like DC fast charging and automated billing with existing charger networks.

"By incorporating NACS into the next generation of our machine, M.52 will potentially be the first non-Tesla vehicle to implement this new standard," explained Roger Dodrill, Staff Systems Engineer at Scythe. "As pioneers in autonomous and electric outdoor power equipment, adopting this standardized solution is a critical step in our mission to electrify the industry. By providing the gold standard in charging capabilities, we aim to eliminate barriers to the adoption of electric equipment and enhance the overall user experience for our valued customers."

Scythe M.52 - Full Charged


ABOUT SCYTHE ROBOTICS

Scythe Robotics provides the commercial landscape industry with powerful commercial-grade, all-electric autonomous equipment solutions for more sustainably maintaining outdoor environments. The company’s first commercial mower, Scythe M.52, has the most advanced autonomy technology on the market, bringing greater precision, productivity, and scale. Scythe Robotics is headquartered in Longmont, Colorado. Find out more at https://scytherobotics.com and follow Scythe on social to stay up-to-date with the latest news.


MEDIA CONTACT

Billy Otteman, Director of Marketing
Email: marketing@scytherobotics.com
Phone: (720) 815-4030

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