Kubota has used the Saltex exp (still ongoing at the time of writing) to launch a brand new all-electric zero turn mower range.

The new equipment was unveiled in something of a flourish, a silken cloth whipped away to reveal the new machine to the assembled crowd. The Ze range, as it is called, actually comes in two variants, the heart of them both being a 48V / 10kW battery where the engine would ordinarily sit. The battery is quickly removed and refitted, and it is recharged to 100% in approximately five hours - operators can do so using the charge connector on the machines, or use the standalone charger also provided.

There are three electric drive motors on the Ze - one for each wheel and one for the mower deck. Battery discharge can be optimised as the drive power to the cutting deck can be adapted to suit the working conditions. There is a choice of three modes – ECO, Standard and Boost. The difference is the blade speed, and modes can be set according to the task at hand.

As mentioned, there two models in the new Ze series - the Ze-421 and the Ze-481, which have 42" and 48" side discharge mower decks. Both can be fitted with a mulching kit. Raising and lowering the decks involves a low effort foot pedal, while quick-dial adjustment allows the cutting height to be amended in a jiffy. Kubota has also introduced a new feature called 'K-Sense', which continuously monitors forward speed and cutting speed - if the deck encounters a heavy load the forward speed slow to ensure the best cutting quality, then automatically increases when the load lightens.

Other features include a deluxe high back seat, with position adjustment, armrests and additional lumbar support.

The Ze series was debuted at Saltex, and it is scheduled for launch in 2024. Apart from all of that, the new mowers look great, and the fact that they're from Kubota will tick lots of boxes for a great many hirers.