Battery vs. Gas: The Future of Outdoor Power Equipment

As more sustainable, eco-friendly tools become available, communities across the country have been pushing back against lawn and tree care products that are considered loud or potentially harmful to the environment.

Green spaces are a pillar of thriving communities. Whether you’re taking a walk through your local park or relaxing in your backyard, you’re enjoying a green space that takes considerable time and effort to maintain. As more sustainable, eco-friendly tools become available, communities across the country have been pushing back against lawn and tree care products that are considered loud or potentially harmful to the environment. This is can be seen in the growing number of neighborhoods that are passing laws restricting the use of certain gas-powered equipment. Outdoor power equipment users have taken notice, and the question on everyone’s mind is whether battery-powered outdoor power equipment is a viable option for maintaining lawns, parks and other green spaces.


Electrifying Benefits


Cordless electric outdoor power equipment, such as Husqvarna’s Battery Series, produce low noise levels to satisfy neighborhoods that have ordinances against the use of loud outdoor power equipment. They’re also user-friendly for pros who are use their tools for long periods of time. The emissions-free motors contribute to better air quality, while the products’ low weight and low vibrations reduce operator fatigue over time. Most importantly, battery technology provides the same level of performance as tried-and-tree gas-powered equipment.


It can be easy to think the benefits of electric outdoor power equipment are too good to be true, so Husqvarna has conducted numerous studies that take a look at whether there’s an opportunity for pros to incorporate the latest cutting-edge technology into their arsenal.


Technology Is Key To Sustainable Landscaping


In a 2016 global report on urban parks and green spaces, Husqvarna asked 533 landscaping architect students in 15 countries to share what they thought the future of urban parks will look like by the year 2030. The general consensus amongst these students was that technology will play a crucial role in enabling sustainable urban parks:


·        98 percent of students have a positive outlook on the use of new technology in parks

·        63 percent of students would like to include sensors to track the health of green spaces

·        47 percent of students say robots and drones will be an important part of green space maintenance


While 2030 may seem like a long way off, many pros are getting ahead of the curve and already using new technology, such as battery-powered chainsaws, in their day-to-day work. For example, Husqvarna dealers have found that more and more tree care workers are using cordless electric tools and sticking with it after experiencing the consistent performance it provides.


Homeowners Prefer Environmentally Friendly Landscaping Companies


To complement the global survey on the broader future of landscape management technology, Husqvarna also conducted a Green Spaces Survey*, which asked 1,579 U.S. consumers to gauge their investment in outdoor green spaces, their outdoor power equipment preferences and their opinions of commercial landscaping companies that use eco-friendly tools. The survey found that there’s a growing demand for both lawn and tree care services that are quiet and sustainable:


·        A majority of survey respondents (78 percent) believe public parks should use eco-friendly outdoor power equipment for maintenance

·        More than half of respondents (65 percent) stated they would choose a landscaper who uses eco-friendly outdoor power equipment over one who doesn’t

·        An overwhelming number or respondents (72 percent) say they would support companies that use eco-friendly outdoor power equipment over those who don’t

·        More than half of respondents (57 percent) would pay more for a landscaper who uses quieter outdoor power equipment.

·        A majority of respondents (71 percent) believe companies that choose eco-friendly outdoor power equipment should receive tax benefits


Whether it’s in response to noise levels or potentially harmful chemicals affecting air quality, there’s clear demand for landscaping services that leverage battery-powered outdoor power equipment. Lawn and tree care professionals interested in the latest eco-friendly tools can stop by their local Husqvarna dealer and try out the products for themselves.




* A survey of 1579 Americans was completed online between August 29 and August 30, 2016, using Qualtrics’ online panel. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/-2.5%.

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