My lawn mower uses more gas than my Volt
Reminds me of a joke:
A small town Minnesota farmer and a Texan rancher meet and begin to converse. Minnesotan asks, "How big is your ranch?" Texan says, "Well, I tell you what. If I get up really early in the morning, before the chickens, pack a lunch, jump in my car and start driving, and if I continue driving all day, don't stop for lunch, don't stop for dinner, just keep driving and driving, and if I keep this up until midnight, I STILL won't be past the end of my ranch.
After a pause, the Minnesotan says, "Yah, I once had a car like that too."
So yeah, I once had a gas guzzler lawnmower like that -- used more gas than my car.
That's never been the case where I live (Vancouver Canada), and even in the worst states the amount of pollution and CO2 being emitted by the average fossil fuel fired power plant has substantially improved over the 30+ years I've owned my one electric mower. Can the owners of gas-powered mowers claim that they get "greener" over time?
Here in the great (politics excepted) state of Texas, we can choose our energy provider. I'm currently paying (after all taxes) $0.077 per kWh for 100% renewable energy. No coal! We are the #1 state in wind energy which generated almost 12% of our electrical energy in 2015.
Now we need electric lawn tractors, but cost benefit is probably not there.
http://cubcadetrztszero.com/If someone makes a garden tractor with a big deck that can run for an hour mowing while charging a second pack that takes an hour to charge, then I'm in. It will need a 'limp me home mode" where the blades stop spinning when you get to 5% battery capacity to give me enough juice to ride the tractor home - though I have plenty of diesel and gas pwiered tractors to tow it if I'm in a pinch.
Yup, if your live in a state where all of your power is from Coal you only cut the pollution from mowing your lawn to around a tenth of what it is using gasoline powered equipment... not all the way to zero... what is your point?
Uh, no. In NY very little of our power comes from coal. And most of my power comes from my solar panels anyway. So my electric car, electric lawn mower, electric weed whacker, and electric leaf blower are all not contributing to your future lung cancer, and I am one of the Americans who will be least responsible for the remodeled shoreline our kids and grandkids can expect in 100 years or so.