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Approximately, five gallons of gas is required for mowing a lawn, according to Paul Tukey, founder of People, Places and Plants magazine.  The EPA estimates that over 17 million gallons of fuel is wasted when filling up gas-powered lawn equipment.  One conventional gas-powered motor is capable of emitting 11 times more emissions than a late model car.  Lawn equipment manufacturers have gone to the drawing board to develop high-powered, electric counterparts capable of delivering comparable performance without the harmful emissions.

Lawn Equipment Manufacturing Trends

Solaris Terra Phase High-Performance Brushless Motor

This form of lawn equipment features multiple electronic components commonly found in electric mowers.  The brushless electric motor and electronic controller work together to power the lawn mower efficiently.  The motor technology was specifically designed to extend the service life of the lawn equipment.  The mower is capable of operating independently when the self-propelled front-wheel drive option is used.  The electronic controller takes the place of the motor assembly.   Rotating magnet components cause the rotor to turn.

Husqvarna’s Automower Solar Hybrid

Husqvarna released solar-powered lawn equipment products recently.  The lawn equipment features a charging station, wire, body and transformer.  The lawn equipment is capable of navigating slopes up to 35 percent.  The solar-powered mower can be operated in inclement weather conditions.  Once the mower has completed the lawn, it can find its way back to its charging station.  The 22-pound, low-emissions mower features extremely sharp blade components made from carbon steel.

Electric mowers no longer require the long extension cord.  They are becoming increasingly compact and versatile.  Autonomous mowers and conventional walk-behind lawn mowers are taking advantage of these electric motor technologies and solar-hybrid technologies to create an eco-friendly, quieter mowing experience.

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