Why Electric2018-06-20T12:55:33+00:00

Advantages of Mean Green Products Electric Mowers

Why Electric: The Economic/Cost Savings

  • Electricity vs Gas or Diesel: The electricity need to run a Mean Green Mower costs a fraction of the cost of gas or diesel.
  • Lower Maintenance Costs: Conventional gas/diesel mowers require regular servicing that can cost hundreds of dollars for parts and labor over their operating lifetimes. Conversely, Mean Green Mowers need minimal maintenance aside from normal blade sharpening, a few grease points, and daily cleaning of accumulated grass from around the blades and motors.
  • Lower Repair Costs: Conventional gas/diesel mowers have hundreds of moving parts in their engines, fuel delivery systems, and power trains, and these parts inevitably wear out and need replacement.  These repairs not only remove the mowers from service, but increase their life-cycle costs, and often end up forcing operators to purchase new mowers soon after their 2 to 3 year warranties expire.   Conversely, Mean Green Mowers have very few moving parts designed to operate for thousands of hours with minimal or no needed repairs.
Savings calculations using the CXR-60 electric mower

Download your Comparison of Life-cycle Costs and Annual CO2 Emissions and Fuel Costs of Gas/Diesel Lawn Mowers vs. Electric Mowers (PDF)

Sample Lifecycle Savings Comparison

Total lifecycle cost of gasoline mower compared to electric mower

Use this Excel worksheet to calculate your own lifecycle comparison.

Sample Annual Fuel Savings

Annual Fuel Cost savings graph

Calculate Your Own Savings

Download notesUse our interactive PDF document to compare your own use and the savings using a CXR-60 High Performance Electric Mower.

Download our Excel worksheet to calculate your own Fuel savings and create your own charts. Or, use this Excel worksheet to calculate your own lifecycle comparison.

Notes re lifecycle cost analysis: Calculations and assumptions for the saving comparison are available here.

Why Electric: The Environmental Benefits

  • Decreased Fossil Fuel Use: Traditional commercial gas/diesel mowers typically burn 1 to 2 gallons of gas or diesel per hour which means that for every commercial gas/diesel lawn mower that’s replaced with an electric mower in the New England region, fossil fuel use can be reduced by approximately 1,440 to 1,920 gallons per year (assuming 6 to 8 hours/day, 5 days/week, 24 weeks/year). Depending on the type and horsepower rating of a mower used by a homeowner mowing 1 to 2 hours a week (for 24 weeks), anywhere from 5 to over 50 gallons of gas or diesel could be saved per year.
  • CO2 Reduction: Since every gallon of gas/diesel burned emits an average of about 22 lbs. of CO2 (includes the carbon in the gas/diesel plus the oxygen used during combustion) and because electric mowers have zero CO2 emissions, for every commercial gas/diesel lawn mower that’s replaced with an electric mower in the New England region, CO2 emissions could be reduced by approximately 31,680 to 42,240 lbs (approx. 16 to 21 tons), less the amount of C02 emissions generated by the production of the electricity used, which increasingly is being generated from renewable sources such as sun, wind, and hydro. And therefore, for every 100 commercial gas/diesel lawn mowers that are replaced with electric mowers in the New England region, CO2 emissions will be reduced by approximately 1,600 to 2,100 tons, (again, less the amount of C02 emissions generated by the production of the electricity used).
  • Air Pollution Reduction: Because conventional gas and diesel lawn mowers have minimal emission controls, they are widely recognized as a major source of smog-forming air pollution. In-fact, according to one EPA study, for every 1 hp rating, a typical lawn mower emits the equivalent air pollution of 3.67 automobiles driving at 55 mph. Therefore, replacing a 36 hp diesel or gas mower with a 36 hp electric mower, the equivalent emissions of 132 cars driving at 55 mph could be avoided per hour of mowing. Similarly, the equivalent emissions of 88 cars could be avoided for every 24 hp gas/diesel mower that’s replaced with a 24 hp electric mower, and the equivalent emissions of 20 cars could be avoided for every 5.5 hp gas/diesel mower that’s replaced with a 5.5 hp electric mower. Clearly, considering the hundreds of thousands of conventional lawn mowers operating in New England, there exists enormous potential to improve regional air quality throughout the lawn mowing season, which is both when “High Smog Alert” conditions are most frequent AND when many people are outdoors recreating.
  • Increased Use of Renewable Energy: With ever-expanding solar and wind energy capacity in New England, there’s an ever-increasing potential for the electricity used to recharge batteries to come from renewable sources.
  • Support of Local Economies: For every dollar not spent on imported gas and diesel fuel, more dollars remain to support New England’s local economy.
Tons CO2 avoided using electric

Download an Excel spreadsheet that allows you to compare the CO2 emissions and fuel consumption of a specific diesel/gas mower with a high-performance electric mower. (see notes for assumptions and explanations)

Tons CO2 avoided using electric

Download notes Use our interactive PDF document to compare your own use and the carbon dioxide (CO2) savings using a CXR-60 High Performance Electric Mower.

Notes re CO2 emissions analysis: Calculations and assumptions for the sample savings comparison are available here.

Why Electric: Low Noise

  • As demonstrated in this video, Mean Green Electric Lawn Mowers produce about 1/3 the sound intensity of conventional gas or diesel mowers of similar horsepower

Note: The Decibel (dB) Scale is used to quantify sound levels. Zero (0) dB is the quietest sound audible to a healthy human ear.  Because it is a “logarithmic” rather than a linear scale, every increase of 3 dB represents a doubling of sound intensity. However, humans perceive sound to be twice as loud when there’s a difference of about 10 dB.   So, as heard in this audio-visual demonstration, the 16 dB difference between the two mowers makes the diesel mower sound about THREE times louder than the electric mower. What this means in practical terms is that a Mean Green electric mower can barely be heard when it’s operating 30 to 40 feet away and can’t be heard at all when it’s operating more than a few hundred feet away or on the opposite side of a small building. The diesel mower on the other hand is so loud that it can easily be heard even when it’s operating many hundreds of feet away.