General Transmissions today announced a line of Element V Automatic CVT transmissions featuring the new, technology-rich V-Motion Speed Variation System.

Four new Element V models, designed for riding mowers and outdoor power equipment, fill a price and performance gap between fixed-gear and hydrostatic transmissions. With Element V, OEMs can offer automatic-transmission appeal and convenience at competitive pricing – with the added benefits of high fuel efficiency, exceptional torque, smooth function, long life, no maintenance and user-friendly operation.

The new Element V models are the RT 300, RT 400, RS 800P and RS 800F. This comprehensive line provides a range of options to meet the different transmission demands of customers around the globe.

“We have been offering CVT solutions for mowers, snow throwers and ride-ons for several years. This experience has allowed us to develop Element V and offer a range of tractor transmission options that allows the customer to select exactly the right transmission for his application” says Wouter Barendrecht, General Manager of GT.


The advantages of Element V transmissions are many. Glass-fiber composite housings resist impact and temperature extremes and, unlike conventional metal housings, will never rust or corrode. With fewer parts and a more efficient design than hydrostatic transmissions, Element V products are simpler, cooler-running, and more durable. It offers smooth shift-free function throughout the power range. Perhaps most important, Element V’s competitive price and user-friendly operation bring compelling selling points to a new price range. 

Proven, Now Improved.

CVT technology is well-proven and highly successful in power sports and automotive applications, as well as manufacturing, military, construction and farm implement use. The new Element V transmission, with its advanced V-Motion™ Speed Variation System, makes the CVT ideal for lawn care, landscaping and grounds maintenance equipment, where reliability, productivity and long service life are key.

What’s more, Element V transmissions come from General Transmissions, a company well known for innovative, real-world solutions to customer needs and market demands.

“Our company is deeply rooted in quality and service, and we’ve been able to maintain that by having great relationships with customers,” said Robert Blanchard, founder and CEO of General Transmissions. “Our customers continue to bring new needs and challenges to the table and we’ve built our business, and our name, by working together to create unique and custom solutions to meet those ever-changing requests.”

About General Transmissions (GT)

Founded in 1991 by current CEO, Robert Blanchard, General Transmissions specializes in designing and manufacturing transmission solutions for the outdoor power equipment market. The company was built on innovation and quality and continues to invest an ever-increasing amount of time and money on new products and new technologies in order to offer reliable products at competitive prices. GT has proven reliability with more than 20 million transmissions in the marketplace. GT offers a wide variety of drive-solutions for lawnmowers, ride-on mowers, tractors and snow throwers. Internationally renowned customers produce lawn-and garden care equipment, as well as products for leisure activities like golf.

Headquartered in France, GT currently has one production facility in Mexico and one in Suzhou, China, along with a North American operating office in Brownsville, Texas.