Scythe Robotics Opts for Tesla Standard Port

Colorado-based Scythe Robotics announced its adoption of the North American Charging Standard (NACS) charge port for its M.52 electric, autonomous commercial mower. The manufacturer says it’s the first non-automotive company to choose this standard, and it will implemented the charging method as early as Q4 2024.

Automotive companies including Ford, General Motors, and BMW have committed to transitioning to NACS, also known as the “Tesla Charger” or SAE J3400. Companies choosing to adopt this standard say the move toward standardized charging infrastructure is crucial in facilitating mass EV adoption, streamlining user experiences with reliable and simple charging solutions.

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Scythe said that, by embracing NACS, its 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, Scythe co-founder and chief engineer. “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.”

Production Timing

The next generation of M.52, slated for production in late 2024, will integrate NACS components as they become 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, Scythe staff systems engineer. “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.”

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