Friday, September 21st, 2018 - Newsmaker

The first V.I.P. solar-powered trailer is now on the road. Specially adapted and fitted with solar panels and a power pack, it allows lawn and gardening power tools to be recharged fast, reducing downtime and pollution.

An initial discussion with Makita about its battery-powered range of tools led to the idea of a ‘green’ trailer — to work in conjunction with the tools and embrace battery-powered technology. V.I.P. has adapted its existing trailer model to incorporate solar panels and a power pack, in what Tim Banning, V.I.P.’s Lawns and Garden Regional Franchise Manager for South Australia, believes is a game changer for the industry.

“The off-the-grid and camping crowd have been using solar-powered trailers for a while now but we believe we’re the first franchising company in Australia to utilise this technology,” Tim says. “At V.I.P. we’re pretty excited about this — it’s a real win-win.”

Lighter tools quickly recharged
“The new solar-powered trailers will mean reduced running costs and less downtime for our franchisees. The Makita power tools are easier to start and lighter than traditional lawn and gardening equipment so there’s less chance of muscle strains or fatigue. And of course, less pollution means a cleaner environment.”

The first solar-powered trailer

The first to get a solar-powered trailer is Adelaide V.I.P. Franchisee, Allison Bunting, who had this to say:

“Gardening is something I’ve enjoyed my whole life. For the past four years, I’ve been working for a V.I.P. franchisee and I was ready to get my own business. I only wanted a smaller trailer — this new solar-powered one has made it even more attractive so I’m rapt.”

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Fitted with solar panels and a power pack, the new V.I.P. solar trailer allows lawn and gardening power tools to be recharged fast, reducing downtime and pollution.

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