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GUSS goes electric with its autonomous orchard spraying vehicles

GUSS Automation’s autonomous herbicide orchard sprayer is now available in a 100 percent electric version.

Electric GUSS is built to withstand the high standards GUSS Automation produces and is the first electric autonomous herbicide orchard sprayer in the world.

This technologically advanced machine is designed to lower operating costs while increasing precision and efficiency.

Electric GUSS uses a combination of GPS, LiDAR, and proprietary technology for accurate coverage and allows a single employee to operate and monitor a combination of up to eight GUSS machines from the safety of his or her vehicle using a laptop computer.

Electric GUSS offers the agriculture industry the option of spraying with environmentally friendly agriculture equipment, reducing CO2 emissions, air pollutants as well as reducing maintenance costs for the operator.

The spot spraying weed detection system identifies chlorophyll in the weeds and only sprays where weeds are detected.

This technology saves up to 90 percent of material being sprayed, increasing precision and efficiency while decreasing costs and material drift which is better for our environment and keeps the employee safer.

Gary Thompson, COO at GUSS Automation, says: “We have been asked countless times about making GUSS electric.

“An electric herbicide sprayer made the most sense to us, given that the battery life can last an entire shift while performing this highly important orchard task.

“Combining the battery electric benefits of low operating costs and zero tail pipe emissions with spot spraying weed detection technology makes Electric GUSS a winner.”

Electric GUSS runs a full shift of 10-12 hours while spraying at full capacity. Electric GUSS is 23’6” long, 6’4” tall and ranges from 8’4”-19’ wide depending on the boom extension.

The hydraulic controlled, height adjustable booms accommodate 18′-22′ row spacing. The booms also tilt for varying berm heights. The breakaway booms prevent damage to trees and crops.

As the agriculture industry continues to evolve, growers worldwide can now increase productivity and efficiency while decreasing labor costs, chemical usage and air pollutants with the precision spraying of Electric GUSS. Electric GUSS is the future of agriculture.

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