The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

July 19, 2012

NASA purchases a green John Deere Gator from TriGreen Equipment

For The News Courier

ATHENS — With more and more people, agencies and companies looking to “go green” and reduce their dependency on fuel consumption, TriGreen Equipment is finding creative ways to meet the demand.  Recently, NASA’s Wellness and Recreation Center at Redstone Arsenal approached Tom Elders, governmental sales specialist with TriGreen Equipment, with a unique request. They wanted a John Deere Utility Gator to carry concessions between stands and to use it to drag the softball infields. There was one stipulation: The Gator must be environmental friendly.

Elders started with a John Deere TE Gator, a 48-volt electric utility vehicle. Next, he partnered with Unconcord Sun, a solar technologies company in Windsor, Canada, that specializes in solar power conversion kits for golf carts. This was the company’s first request for a John Deere Gator conversion kit. To be properly attached the solar panel, a special canopy frame needed to be constructed. For this, Elders worked with Weidman Brothers, an aftermarket accessories distributor. TriGreen Equipment’s Service Department assembled the unit before delivery to NASA.

“We are proud to work with these other companies to provide NASA a quality utility vehicle to make their job more efficient and at the same time benefits our environment,” Elders said.

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