March 14 2019 12:00 AM

Contractors can switch out professional gas and diesel models for new non-polluting electric models.

Photo: Mean Green Mowers

Mean Green Products LLC, Hamilton, Ohio, the makers of Mean Green Mowers, has been awarded a contract making them a part of California's South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Commercial Electric Lawn and Garden Exchange Program. SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County, California and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Commercial gardeners and landscapers, school districts, colleges, local government agencies and non-profit agencies are eligible for the exchange program. To participate, a company, school or agency must scrap one equivalent operable gasoline or diesel-powered mower for an electric model. SCAQMD has $2.5 million in incentive funds for this program. Participants can receive a discount of up to 50 percent off the standard commercial pricing.

Electric mowers produce zero emissions and are less noisy. Because they need no fuel and have lower maintenance costs, an owner can save up to $30,000 in operating costs over the service life of the mower compared to a traditional gas mower. They also help improve air quality.

“We’re proud to be a partner with the SCAQMD to implement our latest zero emission mowers to the Los Angeles basin,” said Mean Green Mowers’ President Joe Conrad. “Our all-electric zero-turn mowers with all-day run times have been mowing city parks, universities, resorts and homes around the country for years. With recent California Air Resources Board findings that outdoor power equipment air emissions will exceed all automobile emissions in California during 2019, it is exciting to have been chosen to help greatly reduce air pollution in this area and help the SCAQMD reach their emissions goals.”

“We have designed our commercial electric mowers to withstand all the punishment typically seen on commercial equipment,” says Vice President of Engineering Matt Conrad. “Our patented zero-turn mowers now have power that exceeds most traditional commercial mowers and have the lithium battery capacity to get contractors through an entire day of mowing.”

The program is funded through SCAQMD’s Air Quality Investment Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Targeted Air Shed Grant.

Visit www.aqmd.gov/lawngarden to view eligible equipment and dealer locations.