The City of Fort Collins recently purchased a commercial mower that will make the Parks Department more sustainable and energy efficient. The MeanGreen CXR-60RD was added to the Parks Department’s fleet of mowers this summer and provides the Department a zero emissions, zero fuel cost option for maintaining Fort Collins parks. The mower is also equipped with a solar electric canopy that increases efficiency and productivity. The City of Fort Collins is the first municipality in Colorado to own a zero emissions, zero fuel commercial mower.
The mower has now been in operation for several weeks and the Parks Department is satisfied with the results. Mike Calhoon, Director of Parks, believes that the MeanGreen mower has been worth the investment, “We’re always looking for ways to be more sustainable and innovative. The MeanGreen mower will help us reduce emissions and fuel costs without sacrificing maintenance quality.“ The new mower’s main features include zero fuel, zero oil, zero hydrostatic systems, and minimal maintenance; however, Parks crews also enjoy how quiet the machine is. Peter Robertson is a Parks Technician and he understands the value in the machine’s “greener” features, but really appreciates how much quieter the machine is compared to gas mowers, “The MeanGreen electric mower provides the Parks Department a lot of environmental and costs benefits, however, I also like the fact that it is a quieter machine…I’m sure Park visitors appreciate how quiet it is as well.”
The City of Fort Collins Parks Department looks forward to tracking the results of their new electric mower. If the mower continues to impress staff and reduce costs additional electric mowers may be added to the fleet. The next time you visit City Park be on the lookout for the Parks Department’s newest, greenest, innovation because you probably won’t hear it.