Registration Open for Electric Lawn Mower Exchange
INDIO – Coachella Valley residents can reduce air pollution and save money by exchanging a working gasoline-powered lawn mower for a new battery-electric model.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) today opened the registration period for the desert’s upcoming lawn mower exchange, from 8 a.m. to noon May 19 in the parking lot of the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio, 82-503 Highway 111 (via Gate 3 on Arabia St.). Participants must register in advance by visiting www.aqmd.gov or by calling 1-888-425-6247.
“Now in its tenth year, this exchange offers quiet, advanced lawn mowers that reduce a significant amount of air pollution,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit, who serves on the AQMD Governing Board. “As supplies are limited, residents must make reservations and are encouraged to do so early!”
The “Mow Down Air Pollution” program is available on a first-come, first-serve basis to residents, 18 years and older, showing proof of residency within AQMD’s four-county jurisdiction (Orange County and major portions of Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties). Gas-powered mowers must be in working order and only one mower per household can be exchanged. Cash, check or major credit cards are accepted for payment.
This year, consumers may choose among six electric mower models, available for $100 to $280:
- Black & Decker CM 1836 (36V, 18-inch cutting width) $100 (retail price: $379)
- Black & Decker CM 1936 (36V, 19-inch cutting width) $180 (retail price: $429)
- Black & Decker SPCM 1936 (36V, 19-inch cutting width, self-propelled) $250 (retail price: $479)
- Black & Decker 1936 ZF2 (36V, 19-inch cutting width, extra battery, fast charger) $280 (retail price: $280)
- Greenstation N-1 (24V, 20-inch cutting width) $150 (retail price: $430)
- Greenstation N-2 (24V, 20-inch cutting width, self-propelled) $220 (retail price: $470)
AQMD will host five additional events across Southern California on Saturdays through July 14. When the series ends, AQMD will have scrapped more than 47,000 highly polluting gasoline mowers, removing almost 98 tons of smog-forming volatile organic compound emissions from the Southland’s air.
Participants never have to leave their car during the convenient mower exchange. Upon arrival, workers will remove the old gas mower from the vehicle and drain it of hazardous fluids prior to its destruction at a metal recycling facility. After payment is made, attendants will place the new, boxed mower in the customer’s vehicle. The entire process takes about 10 to 15 minutes.
The program is funded through AQMD’s Air Quality Investment Program, which is financed by Southern California companies that pay a fee in lieu of offering rideshare incentives as required by AQMD’s Rule 2202. The lawn mower exchange program will reduce more emissions than would be achieved by an employer rideshare program.