In our 2018 Technology report, only 15% of respondents said they used battery-powered equipment. For our 2021 report, which ran in June, that number rose to 40%.

So it’s safe to say that the interest in battery-powered equipment continues to grow in the green industry. You can read more about the topic in our cover story on. As part of the cover story, we surveyed 400 readers for their general thoughts on battery-powered equipment. More than half of them gave us additional feedback on the topic.

Brian Horn, editor, Lawn & Landscape

Some of you are all in; some are playing the waiting game; and the rest of you wouldn’t be caught dead using it. You can see some of those responses below. For more responses, visit the web extra section of our website at bit.ly/lawnwebextra.

  • Mobile charging options need to be developed and promoted. Large equipment and run times will have to get better before it becomes the normal avenue for commercial companies. I don’t ever see gas not being a viable fuel source.
  • Until the up-front costs of electric equipment comes down in price, I will not pursue it further. Also, the run times need to last longer as well.
  • Battery powered equipment can be a great alternative for certain situations. One of the biggest drawbacks that my company experienced using battery power equipment is having to wear a battery pack all day to get a job done. Some of our battery packs can weigh more than an average gas-power backpack blower.
  • I am 100% electric. It’s better for the environment. With so many people working from home these days, I feel like we have an advantage because our equipment is so much quieter than gas-powered tools.
  • The technology has come a long way and is improving. Good marketing and demos will be essential to driving sales. Longer lasting batteries or better portable charging options for trucks/crews will convert many operators.
  • We can have both! It’s disappointing that the conversation requires the use of one or the other.

I think the last one sums up what a lot of people think. Email me at bhorn@gie.net what you think of using battery-powered equipment at your company. – Brian Horn