Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands of aircraft, defense and industrial products that provide customers with groundbreaking technologies, innovative solutions and first-class service. All of our businesses are dedicated to developing advanced products and technologies to meet the current and future needs of customers—making us leaders in the markets we serve. Textron continues to blaze a trail with innovative products, while remaining mindful of their impact on society and the environment.
Here are a few examples of how our products promote environmental and economic sustainability and enhance public safety
Building on the unmatched low cost of operation, energy efficiency and zero maintenance of prior RXV ELiTE models, the updated RXV ELiTE vehicles now use an even smaller battery pack that further reduces the vehicle’s weight to allow for nimbler handling and lessen the vehicle’s impact on golf-course turf, while offering the same efficiency, range and performance.
In addition, the new ELiTE Light Charger allows golf-course operators the ability to streamline their cart barn’s infrastructure, using three times more vehicle chargers per 15-amp circuit. This solution can maximize electricity savings by lowering peak energy demand, and reduces the capital investment required to wire a cart barn to recharge an electric golf-car fleet—making it more cost-effective for operations to “green” their operations by converting from gas-powered to lithium-powered fleets.
Since partnering with Samsung SDI in 2017 to become the first golf-car manufacturer to offer lithium technology at fleet scale, E-Z-GO has sold more than 110,000 ELiTE series vehicles globally. ELiTE vehicles are now in operation at nearly 1,900 golf courses worldwide and have proven their mettle in racking up more than 25 million hours—and an estimated 40 million rounds of golf—of real-world use.
Textron Aviation offers sustainable solutions in sourcing interiors for customers. Our designers use textiles, carpets and leather that are 100% natural and cradle-to-cradle certified—meaning that at the end of their useful life, they biodegrade in a way that is safe for human health and our environment. Not only are these materials safe for the planet, but they require far less energy to manufacture than artificial fibers.
For more than 50 years, Kautex’s plastic fuel systems have had a direct benefit on carbon emissions as they are up to 70% lighter than their steel counterparts. Likewise, Kautex’s all-plastic hybrid fuel tanks, introduced in 2015, reduce fuel system weight by a similar range. By reducing the weight of the vehicle, OEMs can reduce the vehicle’s total carbon emissions.
Our Rhapsody fuel system further enhances this feature via a software-controlled flow control valve, which improves the overall vehicle fuel and vapor management system. With its flow control valve managed by software algorithms, Rhapsody drives improved quality and value of the fuel management system and complementary systems within the vehicle.
The Thermite RS3 is a robotic firefighter that allows first responders to remain at a greater standoff distance from danger, using the robot as an extension of their own senses and capabilities to accomplish their mission from a safer distance.
A super-high volume, low center of gravity, wide-chassis firefighting robot, the Thermite RS3 harnesses the ability to navigate rugged terrain and withstand exposure to extreme elements. The bellypack controller provides high-definition video feedback for ultimate maneuverability in difficult conditions. With a modular design and wider stance that accommodates additional equipment including a plow assembly, it has the power to push vehicles from its path and pull up to 8,000 pounds with its winch. The Thermite robotic firefighter’s unmatched capability set make it a strong partner for fire departments everywhere.
The Bell Electrically Distributed Anti-Torque (EDAT) system replaces a conventional tail rotor with four fans that are electrically powered by four separate motors. The all-electric tail rotor enhances on-the-ground safety, reduces noise pollution, carbon emissions and operating costs. In 2020, Popular Science named the EDAT system to its list of the top 100 most important innovations of 2020. Bell’s EDAT is Bell’s latest commercial innovation and is the third consecutive year that Popular Science has recognized Bell for innovation.