FIRST UNIVERSITY AGZA GREEN ZONE IN THE COUNTRY? TBD…
AGZA was honored to showcase at the University of California Irvine’s inspirational Sustainability Fair this week. UCI is an ambitious sustainability leader in the academic space, and are moving towards an all-electric zero-emission grounds maintenance program. If UCI engages AGZA for Certification and Accreditation — they would claim the title of the Nation’s First University AGZA Green Zone®!
We were incredibly impressed with the scale and breadth of the UCI Fair, and especially with the engagement of its students. Our booth was visited all day by groups of undergrad and grad students, and a few teachers, asking very thoughtful questions about the role of lawn care in air pollution and climate change, about how electric equipment addresses those concerns.
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Since most of our visitors are students, lawn care isn’t an immediate concern of theirs. In fact their sole exposure to grounds maintenance is the frequent frustration of grating gas noise outside classrooms, dorms, and grad housing. It is very interesting to have thoughtful discussions with these young consumers as they are still establishing their lifestyle and buying preferences. With daily charging of laptops and mobile phones built into their routine, this generation isn’t resistant at all to the promise of all-electric lawn care. To them, UCI’s goal of 100% electric grounds maintenance by 2025 is a no-brainer. Smart kids.
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AGZA has been invited by UCI’s Housing Department to join an in-house electric equipment showcase for the campus grounds crews and sustainability decision-makers on October 25th. We will bring all our educational materials and look forward to helping UCI make the most strategic steps forward to achieve their sustainable land care goals.
AGZA brought along a sample set of lithium-battery tools from one of our favorite electric-only manufacturers: EGO. These guys jumped into all-electric equipment manufacturing a decade ago and have been winning industrial design and OPE (Outdoor Power Equipment) awards ever since.
While they were initially targeted perfectly for homeowners and prosumers, their extremely innovative design and features keep raising the bar and threatening dedicated commercial-grade equipment. In fact AGZA has been testing their 56V PowerPlus Lithium Arc tools in the hands of a number of high-volume professional lawn crews and the feedback has been very positive.
And if you’re in commercial grounds management, keep your eyes peeled for EGO’s upcoming Commercial Line announcement. We put our hands on a couple of these new tools this week and they do appear to be ‘next level’ power and construction.
Gas manufacturers … you’ve been put on notice!
EGO 56-Volt Power+ 21 in. Lithium-ion Walk Behind Self Propelled Mower
Models: ST1520S (bare) and ST1521S (with 2.5Ah Battery and Standard Charger)
The 21” Power+ Mower available in Self-Propelled! Receive all the torque of gas without the noise, fuss and fumes. The EGO 56V Lithium-Ion Mower is powered by EGO’s high capacity 7.5Ah ARC Lithium™ battery. The Power+ 21” Mower delivers up-to 60 minutes of run-time (with included battery), rapid charging and durable. The self-propelled function is variable speed, pick your pace. The advanced EGO POWER+ 56V ARC Lithium™ battery uses industry-leading technology to deliver Power Beyond Belief™ and is compatible with all EGO POWER+ products.
- LM2100SP (bare)
- LM2102SP (with 7.5Ah Battery and Rapid Charger)
Introducing the world’s first String Trimmer with POWERLOAD™ Technology. This patent pending technology solves for one of the biggest pain points of string trimmers. Replacing your string line is as easy as feeding the line into the head and pressing a button! The NEW EGO POWER+ 15” POWERLOAD™ String Trimmer has a Carbon Fiber shaft that is stronger than any other string trimmer shaft on the market today. The shaft is equipped with a lifetime warranty so the strength and durability is guaranteed to last forever! This revolutionary trimmer is also built with a hi-efficiency brushless motor, bump feed line advance, .095” professional cutting line, and is compatible with all EGO ARC Lithium™ batteries to maximize the convenience of cordless and deliver Power Beyond Belief.
BACKPACK LEAF BLOWER
EGO 56-Volt Power+ 600CFM Backpack Leaf Blower
- LB6000 (bare)
- LB6002 (with 5Ah Battery and Standard Charger)
- LB6004 (with 7.5Ah Battery and Rapid Charger)
The new EGO POWER+ 600 CFM Backpack Blower performs better than many gas-powered models; it’s also 8 times quieter and weighs half as much as comparable gas blowers. Turbine-fan engineering moves air at a staggering 600 CFM. Variable-speed control allows you to dial the power up or down for superior control, from 320 cubic feet per minute to 600 cubic feet per minute, and the turbo button gives you max power for heavy-debris-clearing power. The Backpack Blower’s high-efficiency brushless motor delivers longer run time, low vibrations and an extended motor life. The advanced EGO POWER+ 56V battery uses industry-leading Arc-Lithium™ technology to deliver Power Beyond Belief and is compatible with all EGO POWER+ products.
HANDHELD LEAF BLOWER
EGO 56-Volt Power+ 580CFM Handheld Leaf Blower
- LB5800 (bare)
- LB5804 (with 5Ah Battery and Standard Charger)
The EGO POWER+ 580 CFM Blower is the most powerful cordless blower in the industry! Turbine fan engineering, inspired by advanced aeronautics technology, performs better than premium gas-powered models. The high-efficiency brushless motor delivers longer run time, low vibrations and an extended motor life. The included flat and tapered nozzle attachments make clearing debris even easier. This quiet, light-weight and compact blower gets the job done better and faster! Experience Power Beyond Belief without the noise, fuss and fumes. Compatible with all EGO Power+ ARC Lithium batteries.