Telsa Will Make an Electric Leafblower As Garden Equipment is a Big Pollution Source

Elon Musk has tweeted that Tesla will make a quiet electric leaf blower.

In 2017, the California Air Resources Board, said that by 2020, the biggest single ozone polluter in California is going to be all this gardening equipment.

California has 16 million gas-powered garden machines from leaf blowers to mowers.

California tougher emissions standards for small gas engines and to offer major incentives for landscaping businesses to change over to electric.

Gallon for gallon of gasoline used, the small gasoline engines found in lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and other power equipment pollute at a higher rate than other equipment and vehicles.

Each weekend, about 54 million Americans mow their lawns, using 800 million gallons of gas per year and producing tons of air pollutants. Garden equipment engines produce up to 5% of the nation’s air pollution and even more in cities.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a new gas powered lawn mower produces volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides emissions air pollution in one hour of operation as 11 new cars each being driven for one hour.

SOURCES- Air Resources Board, Tesla, Elon Musk Twitter, EPA
Written by Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com

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