Scythe Robotics Raises $42M for Autonomous, Electric Lawn MowerScythe Robotics Raises $42M for Autonomous, Electric Lawn Mower
The mower is hoped to help solve labor shortages and emissions reduction in the commercial landscaping industry
January 27, 2023
Scythe Robotics has raised $42 million for its pipeline of self-driving lawn mowers.
The company is set to use the funds to fulfill more than 7,500 orders of its electric, autonomous M.52 lawn mower.
"Since launching from stealth in June 2021, we've seen overwhelming interest from commercial landscape contractors in Scythe M.52 as a solution addressing both their crippling labor pains and their electrification needs," said Jack Morrison, Scythe CEO. "We're thrilled to expand our outstanding investor list…and secure more capital to scale and meet the phenomenal demand for M.52 as we work to decarbonize the landscape industry."
The mower is outfitted with a suite of sensors to allow its autonomous navigation through a space, identifying and avoiding obstacles including humans and animals. It can also capture and store performance data to help users improve operational efficiency.
The funding comes from its series B funding round, led by Energy Impact Partners, and features new investors ArcTern Ventures, Alumni Ventures, and Amazon's Alexa Fund alongside existing investors True Ventures, Inspired Capital and more.
"Commercial landscaping electrification represents a massive but undercapitalized decarbonization opportunity, tackling more than 40 million metric tons of CO2e emissions annually," said Sameer Reddy, Energy Impact Partners managing partner. "With increasing regulatory pressures on emissions and air pollution, we see Scythe playing an instrumental role in decarbonizing our nation's largest crop: grass."
Units of the mower have already been deployed to customer operations in Texas and are currently rolling out to customers in Florida.
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