Impact on the Environment

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What are the emissions (tied to the emission at the power plant) related to charging the battery for 30 minutes vs. running a gas powered mower for 45'?
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According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), at least 5 percent of annual air pollution emissions for the entire U.S. come from lawn mowers. Think about that... 5% of all air pollution comes from Gas Powered Lawn Mowers.  A single gas-powered push mower emits as much hourly air emissions as 40 cars (California Air Resources Board). Spilled fuel is another problem; the EPA estimates Americans spill some 17 million gallons of fuel every year while refueling lawn equipment – more than all the oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez in Alaska. Spilled fuel releases volatile organic compounds into the air which also contribute to smog-forming ozone. 

 

The emissions from your power plant will vary with its fuel source (coal, natural gas, wind, solar, nuclear, etc.), its efficiency, and its pollution controls.  Compare the facts on gas to what we know on electric... An EGO user with a  1/2 acre or less will spend about $1.20 total in a typical season to recharge the battery ($.03 per cut, 40 times a year).  We are quite certain that $1.20 worth of energy produces less emissions at the power plant than what the EPA describes about gas powered lawnmowers.