The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute announced the first standard for robotic, battery-powered, electrical lawn mowers issued by the American National Standards Institute.
“It is predicted that this market category will grow considerably in the next six years as the outdoor power equipment industry continues to innovate and improve products in response to consumer needs,” OPEI president and CEO Kris Kiser said. “Standards play an important role in everyday life and ensure that consumers know what they are getting when they purchase a product like a robotic mower.”
The global robotic lawn mower market is expected to grow by nearly 22% over the next six years, according to a recent study conducted by Grand View Research.
The ANSI/OPEI robotic mower standard is “ANSI/OPEI 60335-2-107-2019 (Standard) for Outdoor Power Equipment - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-107: Particular requirements for robotic battery powered electrical lawnmowers (national adoption with modifications of IEC 60335-2-107).” The standard was approved Sept. 5 and is expected to be published this fall.
It was developed through a public input process that brings together consumers, manufacturers and commercial equipment users.
“We expect to see increased competition in this product category as manufacturers will now be able to design equipment to meet the industry standard,” Kiser said.