Electric robot mower makes its way to Waterloo turf

Posted On Monday July 11, 2022

The City of Waterloo is the first municipality in Canada to utilize an emissions-free and automatic lawn mower.

The electric robot operates quietly and can cut up to six acres of grass on one charge. Unlike traditional mowers, the robot doesn’t produce any emissions and can work day and night, rain or shine.

“We’re always looking for ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move the city towards a cleaner and greener future. The automatic mower reduces our carbon footprint while allowing us to reallocate staff time more efficiently. The way it mows even helps to keep the grass thicker and healthier,” said Tim Wolfe, Manager, Parks Operations, Forestry and Horticulture, City of Waterloo.

Following a successful pilot period, the city added the Echo Turf Mower 2000 to its fleet of equipment. The robot mower is currently in use at the Laurel Creek Conservation Area cricket field and is equipped with many safety features. It has an emergency stop button and can navigate around objects, send real-time updates and provide location updates.

“This has been a very informative trial of the Echo TM200. The unit has shown its ability to meet service levels efficiently while reducing our environmental impact,” said Jason Evans, Manager of fleet service.

The new lawn mower is the latest example of how the city is focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The city’s Fleet and Procurement division is also introducing alternative fuel vehicles, rightsizing vehicles and continuously investigating new technologies that reduce GHGs while meeting the operational needs of the community.

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Media contact:

Shirley Luu
Communications Consultant, Corporate Communications
City of Waterloo
Shirley.luu@waterloo.ca