Cutting Width: 122 cm (48")
Deck Type: Side Discharge

Battery-powered zero-turn mower. Particularly maneuverable between narrow obstacles and contoured, undulating areas.

Installing batteries in a mower is one thing. Achieving the performance, durability and reliability of a proven professional petrol model is another. Our models with the FusionCore replaceable battery system meet this demand.

The ZENITH E 48R is the first professional electric zero-turn mower with interchangeable batteries. Designed to mow medium to large lawns for a whole day. The “R” on the ZENITH E 48R stands for “rear-discharge”. Advantage: The clippings are not thrown onto paths or into flower beds. The mown grass is discharged to the rear, between the wheels. Adjustable comfort seat for maximum driving comfort. With a cutting width of 122 cm, it is particularly manoeuvrable between narrow obstacles and on contoured, undulating surfaces. Professional warranty included.

  • Powered by four interchangeable FusionCore lithium-ion 56V DC, 4kWh batteries
  • Features patent-pending spindle technology, designed to absorb impact with minimal damage to spindles
  • Achieve five hours continuous cutting on one charge (dependent on cutting conditions)
  • Charge time of 5.3 – 12 hours (depending on charger)
  • Features a 122cm (48″) fabricated rear discharge deck constructed of strong 7-gauge steel
  • Industry-leading frame design
  • ROPS fitted as standard for added operator protection
  • Foot-operate​d, vertical pin selector deck lift system with 15 cutting positions
  • High-back, full suspension seat
  • Range of optional accessories is available
  • 5-year or 1500 hours warranty/ 3-year battery warranty

Use Cases

PRO Electric Ride-On (sitting) Rear discharge Flat terrain Undulating terrain Hilly terrain Medium-sized areas

Features & Benefits

FusionCore Li-Ion battery system

The battery system of the ZENITH E consists of four interchangeable battery packs, each weighing 22.5 kg. The capacity of each individual Fusion Li-ion battery pack is 4 kWh. Total capacity: 4 x 4 kWh = 16 kWh. The ZENITH E can mow with just two battery packs and drive with just one.

With four battery packs, you can mow for a maximum of 5 hours. After that, they can be replaced with full batteries in a matter of seconds. The charging time for four battery packs in the optional FUSIONCORE charging station is just 5 hours 20 minutes!

Intelligent load balancing

This patent-pending system ensures that the ZENITH E equalises different battery capacities. It only draws energy from the fully charged batteries until they reach the same charge level as the batteries with less charge. Power is drawn from the fully charged batteries first, before being drawn evenly from all four batteries, ensuring even power and cutting.

Proprietary electric transaxles

Two independently operating, brushless electric motors with extra strong magnets, increased number of windings and recuperation function when braking. Objective: Low heat generation and long service life.

Coupling the electric motors with a planetary gearbox with double reduction.
Objective: The same smooth, jerk-free ride as a professional zero-turn mower with a petrol engine and hydrostat. Result: Drive the ZENITH E once and compare for yourself!

Professional mowing deck

The mowing deck is the most heavily loaded component of a mower. Stability is particularly important here. The ZENITH E has a 14 cm deep, fully welded mowing deck made of 3.2 mm thick sheet steel, 20 mm steel edge, enclosed anti-scalp wheels and a welded 4-point suspension. The FUSIONCORE electric blade motors deliver a maximum of 3 x 3,500 watts when required. To protect the motor in the event of collisions, the blades are mounted on a slip clutch. This significantly reduces hard impacts on the motor. The air flow of the new X-Factor III mower deck with side discharge is optimised for the cleanest cut and lowest noise level.

Fully adjustable comfort seat

Maximising operator comfort is essential to work productively and safely for hours on end. Keeping hard shocks and vibrations away from the driver is particularly important for his well-being and health. The hydro-pneumatic suspension can be precisely adjusted to the operator's body weight. Adjustable, padded armrests, high backrest and lumbar support allow the rider to find their ideal sitting position. In combination with the ZENITH's standard wheel fork suspension, the result is a soft, comfortable ride.


The standard rollover protection system with safety belt (ROPS) offers additional protection for the driver. It is foldable and ergonomically tilted backwards to prevent painful bumping of the elbow while driving.

Technical Data

Model Number 997306
Drive System Ariens FUSIONCORE brushles electric wheel motors with reduction gear, 2 x 5 kW max.
Max. Speed Forward / Backward 17.7 km/h / 8.9 km/h (11 mph / 5.5 mph)
Deck Type, Rear discharge / Side discharge /
Deck Material 4.5 mm sheet steel
Deck Construction welded
Deck Lift System foot operated
Number of blades 3
Spindle Material Forged Aluminium
Spindle Shaft Steel, StressProof®
Spindles drive Ariens FUSIONCORE direct electric drive brushless, 3x 3.5 kW max.
Spindle Clutch Electric Ogura®
Cutting Width 122 cm (48")
Cutting Hights 3.8 cm - 12.7 cm (1.5" - 5.0")
Cutting Positions 15
Wheels Front Axle optional
Front Wheels 13 x 6.5-6
Rear Wheels (inch) 22 x 12
Seat Full suspension, adjustable seat with high backrest and armrests
ROPS Rollover Protection
LED Interface w/ Hour Counter & 2 USB Charging Sockets
Weight 584 kg
Length 211 cm
Width 124 cm
Height 125 cm w/ ROPS folded down; 183 cm w/ ROPS up
Limited Warranty Machine 5 years / 1,500 hours
Warranty Battery (Years) 3
Battery Type 56V Ariens FUSSIONCORE Li-Ion swappable
Battery Capacity 4 x 4 kWh
Number of Batteries 4 quick-change
Charge Time Fast charging: 5.3 hrs.; standard charging: 11 hrs.
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56V battery kit (single battery)

Extend your cutting time capability with an additional Lithium-Ion QuickSwap 4 kWh battery.

Off board charger kit

Charge up to four additional batteries outside of the machine. Charging time 4 batteries 0-100%: 12 hours. Option to upgrade to Fast Charger.

Fast charger w/y harness kit

Additional charger. Charges the four batteries in the machine in just 5.3 hours.

Operator controlled chute baffle (ZENITH E)

For all side discharge cutter decks. Controls the ejection distance of the clippings with a hand lever.

Striping kit (ZENITH E)

Creates a striped lawn. For side discharge/mulch kit models.

High lift blade kit (ZENITH E)

Useful when grass is thin and compacted. Generates an extra strong airflow. Decreases battery range compared to standard blades.

Suspension forks kit (ZENITH E)

Reduces vibrations and shocks for increased operator comfort. Matched to the weight of the ZENITH E.

13" semi-pneumatic front tyre kit

Puncture proof.

"Tweels" rad kit (ZENITH E)

Lasts as long as 2-3 conventional sets of pneumatic tyres. Excellent suspension comfort. 100% puncture proof. Matched to the weight of the ZENITH E.

LED headlight kit (ZENITH E)

For mounting on the side frame.

Beacon light kit

LED warning light for mounting on the ROPS rollover protection. Increases visibility.

Customer reviews

As well as being less intrusive, the Zenith E is also easy to use. Our operator has remarked that the machine has superior manoeuvrability, essential when working around the gravestones and memorials. This means that the machine can be operated in areas that were inaccessible for our previous ride on machine, improving efficiencies. Our operative also noted that the machine was very comfortable to ride, and observed that cutting standards achieved were excellent; it produces a high-quality finish, even during the Autumn.
– Estelle Munroe, Continental Landscapes
Our zero-turn mower is used at a crematorium in Huntingdon and is an absolutely fantastic addition to our fleet. It’s cut is first class and I’ve never experienced anything like it before considering it’s a battery mower. We purchased it through our local dealer Ibbetts in Great Paxton, where the professional service we received was exceptional. The robust and superior build quality has been manufactured to the highest standard, it has great manoeuvrability and is simple to use and can be set up in minutes. I have never come across anything quite like the Ariens battery zero-turn and with the Huntingdon Town Council ethos it fits nicely with our fleet of machinery. I would highly recommend it to other companies looking to purchase a top–quality mower.
– Rob Bradshaw, Huntingdon Town Council


Service providers

Time is money for a service provider. Modern zero-turn mowers are therefore particularly popular with them. Time savings of up to 40 % come into their own here. Daily changing job sites and high annual operating times place demands on the material. The Ariens APEX and ARROW zero-turn models bring momentum and speed to the daily work of lawn care service providers.

Municipalities & building yards

User comfort for long mowing jobs in public spaces. Efficient work that is fun and enjoyable. The Ariens models ZENITH, ZENITH E, ARROW and ARROW E zero-turn mowers are made for long and frequent mowing intervals on large areas. Perfect cut and durability come as standard. Suspended wheel forks, optimum seating comfort or ergonomic, upright driving position on the ARROW models protect the user and increase their well-being.