Briggs & Stratton is the latest engine manufacturer to enter the electrification segment. It will introduce its new Vanguard Commercial Lithium Ion Battery pack during this year's GIE+EXPO 2019 in booth #7050 and outdoor booth #6472.
The Vanguard Lithium Ion Battery, Battery Management System and battery charger work together to provide more efficient power for turf equipment. It provides OEM customers a complete, fully integrated electric power system. The system is flexible and easy to install, and offers an alternative to engine powered equipment, enabling reductions in fuel costs, noise and emissions.
Briggs & Stratton collaborated with ARGO XTV, a manufacturer of extreme terrain vehicles, on the first application of the system. An ARGO XTR powered by Vanguard commercial battery packs will be onsite in the outdoor booth.
“We were excited to collaborate during the battery development process. Attendees will have an outstanding opportunity to experience the Vanguard battery solution on an ARGO XTR,” says Kevin Asselin, Vice President of Sales at ARGO.
Briggs & Stratton is also introducing new single-cylinder horizontal shaft engines, the Vanguard 400 and 160, during the show.
The new Vanguard 14.0 gross hp 400 and 5.0 gross hp 160 were built from the ground up with voice of the customer research. The engines are designed to operate with significantly reduced noise and vibration levels. They also offer easy starting and longer maintenance intervals, important factors to turf equipment operators.
Additional features of the engines include an oil management system which increases oil change intervals to 200 hours. TransportGuard, a single ignition and fuel shutoff, prevents oil/fuel dilution during transport to help customers better protect their assets. The engines also feature cyclonic air filtration to reduce downtime associated with air filter maintenance.
The 400 will be available in the market November 2019, with the 160 following in Spring 2020.
“We’re excited to build on our legacy as power application experts in introducing the first complete commercial battery solution to the turf market,” says Chris Davison, Senior Marketing Manager, Commercial Power. “Briggs & Stratton has always been at the forefront of power application technology. The Vanguard Commercial Lithium Ion Battery and new 400 and 160 single-cylinder engines are leading solutions in power innovation.”