Apparently California is fed up with gasoline-powered landscaping tools. Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new law prohibit the sale of gasoline-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers, as well as any other equipment that uses small all-terrain engines (SOE). These motors traditionally power outdoor electrical equipment used in lawn care and landscaping.
Small power tools are a surprisingly large source of carbon emissions and air pollution. According to California Air Resources Council, one hour of gasoline leaf blower use is equivalent to driving 1,100 miles. Running a gasoline lawn mower for the same time is equivalent to a 300 mile drive.
The law will prohibit the sale of SOE equipment statewide as of July 1, 2022. Ultimately, the goal is to achieve 100% zero emissions in California from SOE by 2035.
It might seem like a big change, but it’s already happening. Numerouscompete with the power of gasoline mowers. They also provide the quieter operation, as well as the absence of harmful fumes.
are also catching up with their gas counterparts. The idea of one day eliminating all SOE lawn and landscaping equipment is not as far-fetched as it might have seemed.