- Nov 29, 2014
It is the same storyInteresting conversation. I think people are confusing the quality of certain products with the capability of the technology.
A properly built electric mower would be perfect for most home users. Walk-behind or riders, it's 40 minutes of use followed by a week of charge time.
Look at golf carts, they do their job and very few owners would opt for gas power.
Every spring millions of home owners can't get their mower started because they don't know about ethanol, and spark plugs and carbs.
THe industry is expecting electric mowers to be 65% of the market in 10 years.
Down here golf courses lease carts on a 4 year term
because that is the average life of the batteries and a new battery pack is about 2/3 of the the replacement price of the entire cart
So the golf courses then sell the old carts with the knowledge that if only used one day a week as opposed to 6 times a day they will last the owners another 3 to 6 years , a bit longer if they swap the batteries around and replace the end two .
As for market expectations, Cal is apparently 20% of the entire US market for just about everything ( if not higher ) and ICE will be illegal in mowers from Jan 1 2025.
Once that happens the very passionate and equally emotional as they are ignorant "greens" will force the same in all of the costal mostly metropolitan states.
Farmers tend to be a lot better informed & far more pragmatic so a lot less emotional .
And if E-mowers had a mandated life of 10+ years and the retailers / makers were liable for the collection & disposal of the spent batteries and if not supplying the batteries for 10 year minimum then they would be made properly.
But we all know that will not happen
The motors will be snap together so they can not be repaired without breaking them.
The controllers will all have custom chips only available from the factory and will become unavilable in a couple of years
And most will be sourced from China / India or any other third world country with a sufficient over supply to cover warranty repairs after which it will be tough luck for the owner