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Green Facts

The following facts from various credible sources paint a grim picture of the negative impact typical gas mowers have on our environment.

Greenhouse Gas

According to the Government of Canada (One-Tone Challenge) a gasoline powered lawn mower emits about 48 kilograms (106 lbs) of greenhouse gas in one season.
There are about 8 million gasoline powered lawn mowers sold per year in North America and Europe. If a typical person keeps his lawn mower for 7 years, it would mean that there are 56 million lawn mowers in operation.
  These lawn mowers produce around 3 million tones of greenhouse gas per year (106/2000 x 56 million).

Air and Noise Pollution

Gas-powered lawn mowers are very inefficient, which means that despite their small size they produce a lot of air pollution. In fact, running an old gas-powered lawn mower for one hour can produce as much air pollution as driving a new car 550 kilometers. Source: Ministry of the Environment-Canada
A gasoline-powered lawn mower run for an hour puts out about the same amount of smog-forming emissions as 40 new automobiles run for an hour. Source: California Environmental Protection Agency, Air Resources Board. May 20, 1999
A typical 3.5 horsepower gas mower, for instance, can emit the same amount of VOCs – key precursors to smog – in an hour as a new car driven 340 miles (540 km), say industry experts. Source: South Coast Air Quality Management District. "Clean Air Lawn Care". California, USA. March 31, 1996
Each weekend, about 54 million Americans mow their lawns, using 800 million gallons of gas per year and producing tons of air pollutants. Garden equipment engines, which have had unregulated emissions until very recently, emit high levels of carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides, producing up to 5% of the nation's air pollution and a good deal more in metropolitan areas.
A conventional lawn mower pollutes as much in an hour as 40 late model cars for an hour. Source: EPA statistics for Replacing Gas Power Lawn Mowers
A gasoline-powered lawn mower creates as much pollution (NOx, CO, VOC) as a late model car driven 550 kms. Source: California Air Resources Board
Assuming that a typical car travels 18,000 km per year, 33 gasoline lawn mowers would produce as much pollution a car produces all year. The 56 million gasoline-powered lawn mowers generate as much pollution as 1.7 million cars.
The replacement of every 500 gas mowers with non-motorized mowers would spare the air:
  212 pounds of hydrocarbons (smog ingredient)
  1.7 pounds of nitrogen oxides (smog ingredient)
  5.6 pounds of irritating particles
  1,724 pounds of carbon dioxide
Cordless electric mowers offer noise levels about half those of their gas-powered counterparts. Source: Clean Air Foundation

Fuel Spillage

A big problem with gasoline lawn mowers is the fuel spilled during refueling. Lawn and garden equipment users in California spill 17 million gallons of fuel each year while refilling their outdoor power equipment. Source: Clean Air Foundation
If each gasoline-powered lawn mower spills one litre of fuel per season, there would be 56 million liters of fuel spilled. This is the amount carried by about 2,800 tanker trucks.

The Solution

If our EPIC Lawn Mower is purchased with a small (25 watt) solar panel it will produce no greenhouse gasses and no pollution of any kind. The solar panel will recharge the batteries in 2 to 3 sunny days or 4 to 5 cloudy ones.
If EPIC Mowers replaced all gasoline-powered lawn mowers, in one year, the equivalent pollution generated by 1.7 million cars driving 18,000 kms would be eliminated. The fuel contained in 2,800 tanker trucks would not be spilled and 3 million tons of greenhouse gasses would not be released into the atmosphere.