On Tuesday at the Glendale Sports Complex, Glendale Mayor Paula Devine announced that the city will be the first in Los Angeles County to join Santa Monica based Graze’s pilot program, allowing Glendale facilities like Sports Complex to its equipment.
In exchange, the startup will receive free beta-testing research.
Graze CEO, John Vlay said that he hopes other municipalities will follow Glendale’s lead. “Gas-powered mowers are just so polluting and have been unregulated for so many years,” said Vlay, a 30-year veteran of the landscaping industry.
The event came five months after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a new law that bans the sale of new gas-powered landscaping equipment in an effort to curb emissions. The law will start in April 2024.
According to Environmental Protection Agency data, gas-powered lawn mowers account for 5% of total air pollution in the U.S.
Three engineers were onsite and paraded the mowers across the field using a tablet that mapped the perimeter and locked in the boundaries that the mower must stay in.
From there, the mower continued to make parallel passes, at 1.5 meters per second, throughout the field. The battery life of one mower can last up to eight hours, while the mowers have also been tested on rocky and undulated terrain.
Vlay believes that the product will sell itself as more than just an eco-friendly option. “It really becomes a Swiss Army knife of lawn mower equipment,” he noted
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