Evoscape: Cleanly Cutting Grass in Winter Park

Thursday, August 19, 2010
One of my favorite fun facts to tell people about EVs is that if you must have a car, switching to an EV is the most significant way for you to reduce your personal greenhouse gas emissions.

So if that's true, then dumping my gas mower is an awesome idea. Why?  Two Big Reasons...
  1. Small gas engines under 25 hp contribute about 16 percent of HC emissions and 21 percent of CO emissions from mobile sources nationwide!  April 2003 EPA Program Update Report  
  2. Because one hour of lawn mowing with a gas-powered lawn mower produces as much pollution as driving your car for four hours.  
Amazing eh?  That's BIG pollution from a lot of small engines.

So what's a better alternative?

If you can't get rid of your lawn, then switching to cleaner lawn equipment is the next best thing.  Since this an EV inspired blog, wouldn't it be smart if there was a lawn service that used an EV to drive their clean lawn equipment around?

There is...and I just met them today.

The company is called Evoscape from Winter Park, FL.  It was dreamed up by two brothers (Jarrett and Ardis Phillips) that have owned other lawn service companies in the past.  The company has only been alive for a few months, which included 3 months for buying and configuring their equipment. 

These guys did their homework.

Their "rig" caught my eye on my walk back from lunch today and I stopped to learn more about them.  After giving me their "reused" business card...which was a cut up Morning Star Farms box of veggie burgers with their stamp and phone number on it...they gave me a tour of their VERY well thought out rig...
  • The Truck: A Chrysler GEM eL XD.  They love this thing.  They can get 40 miles of range with it empty, but only 25 miles with it pulling the trailer.  The range isn't a big deal since their growing client base is just a few miles away.
  • The Trailer: This is where the magic is...
    • Positioned for visibility and functionality, it has three solar panels right up front.  They plan to put more on top of the trailer, but having them up front is a great marketing tool...once people stop looking at the GEM.
    • Inside, they have a battery backed up power supply that charges the batteries used in their electric power tools (18V & 36V).
  • The Tools:

Their goal is to go all electric with their rig, but until battery prices come down (and energy density goes up) enough to power energy hungry devices like mowers, edgers, and blowers...they'll be using propane.

That said, I'm thinking that in 5 years, we'll see mowers competing with cars to recharge their equipment at Charging Stations.  I hope by then, the guys who started Evoscape with a dream to do lawn maintenance with a Low Carbon Footprint will be running a large operation by then.

Good luck guys, you've got a great idea!

9 comments:

  • Gary

    Very cool! I hope this idea grows to cover our area too. One huge advantage for consumers (besides the reduced environmental impact) is the potential for reduction of noise pollution. There are very few quiet moments during daylight hours in my neighborhood as - most of the time - gas powered lawn equipment is within earshot.

  • durga

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  • sturgo

    Lawn work is one of those seasonal tasks which is usually netted in procrastination. It really feels relieving after it gets done though.

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    I was beginning to wonder when someone would come up with a more eco-friendly way to do gardening work. Kudos to Evoscape for coming up with such an innovative idea.

  • Jackson Taekema

    At last, an Eco-friendly equipment that can help us with chores. Considering how many people do this often and simultaneously, they have to make means of making this safer for all of us.

  • Jackson Taekema

    At last, an Eco-friendly equipment that can help us with chores. Considering how many people do this often and simultaneously, they have to make means of making this safer for all of us.

  • Kate Vosper

    Finally, eco-friendly tools were invented. I hope these will reach the worldwide market soon.

  • Perez Mespirst

    The government should provide more Eco friendly tools and campaigns to help lessen the pollution the world is emitting. If more people are using these tools, there is a big possibility that our world would be a better place to live in.

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