Corn Belt Energy Electric Vehicle (EV) Project
Electrify your spring yardwork
Interest in electric vehicles (EVs) continues to grow at a rapid pace. Drivers are learning that EVs are cost-efficient, low maintenance, and fun to drive. As the EV community continues to grow, manufacturers are now beginning to look at ways to convert other gas-powered devices to electric as well. With warm weather right around the corner, we thought we'd share our favorite electric devices to tackle all the upcoming spring projects.
Small yard tools
Tools such as trimmers and edgers have been available in electric versions for some time now, but lackluster battery performance has prompted many buyers to stay with gas powered options. Today, battery technology has come a long way, thanks in part to developments in the electric vehicle industry, and many quality options are now available. Husqvarna and Stihl both offer commercial grade rechargeable trimmers and edgers, with quality affordable options available from Kobalt, RYOBI, DeWalt & Greenworks, among others.
Tillers/cultivators have also changed a lot, since the original steam powered versions of the early 1900's. A cordless electric tiller can weigh as little as 20 lbs., making light work of home gardening. We found a variety of quality options from various manufacturers, starting at around $100.
The maintenance on an electric mower is much more simple than a gas powered version. Without fuel, oil, or hydraulics, the maintenance consists of simply keeping the deck clean, blades sharp, and the battery charged. As an added benefit, they are also extremely quiet.
Swedish manufacturer Husqvarna offers a robotic lawn mower that practically operates itself. Once set up, it automatically mows and returns to its dock to charge, all on its own. Learn more about the Automower® on Husqvarna's website.
For those with larger yards to maintain, zero turn options are also becoming available from a variety of manufacturers.
At the Bloomington Normal Home Show earlier this month, this 60" GreenWorks GZ 60R caught our eye. This fully-electric zero turn mower is capable of cutting up to 12 acres on a single charge. Zero gas. Pretty impressive!
Learn more about the GreenWorks GZ mower on their website.
Another impressive electric mower model is the Mean Green CXR, available with an optional solar electric canopy, to extend mowing time even farther on a single charge. Learn more about that mower on their website.
For those with more serious yard projects, such as excavating, check out the first fully electric backhoe loader, the 580 EV coming soon from CASE.
We're looking forward to watching the list of electric power equipment continue to grow. Do you have a favorite gas-powered product that you'd like to see electrified? Tell us about it!
If you have questions about electric vehicles, or are an EV owner and interested in our EV-1 rate pilot program, please contact our energy advisor Jeremy Myers at
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