We recently attended the GIE expo in Louisville, Kentucky, where we saw some new innovations in the world of battery-powered lawn care. We were excited about a lot of the products showcased this year, but one of the products we were most excited to see was the Mean Green ReVolt. The ReVolt is the company’s entry into the commercial-grade, wide-area, dual-drive, walk-behind mower market. Mean Green Mowers has made a name for themselves in the world of electric lawn care, mostly by virtue of the fact everything they produce runs on battery or solar power. And, most of what they produce is targeted toward the professional lawn care demographic. If the dream of an all-electric, commercial-grade fleet of mowers sounds a little too wild to get your gas-loving head around, take a look at what Mean Green has been working on.
What Does The Mean Green ReVolt Bring To The Lawn Care Game?
The Mean Green Team has built a company that emphasizes four points about all of their electric mowers. Electric power produces low noise and requires far less maintenance. Because their products use no gas, they also produce zero emissions. Certainly, these points make pretty compelling reasons for going green, but the counter argument will always revolve around electric power and runtime. So, how does the Mean Green ReVolt answer these criticisms?
The Mean Green LEM Battery
For one thing, the ReVolt runs on the Green Monster Battery Pack. Individual high-energy LEM (Lithium Energy Module) modules are combined together and coupled with Mean Green’s powerful battery management systems. The result is a self-contained, high-energy, high-density lithium battery pack that provides improved runtime and recharges relatively quickly.
Mean Green Power and Runtime
Mean Green claims that, when equipped with two of their 48V LEM batteries, the 48″ ReVolt can run for up to 7 hours of mowing time. The 52″ model comes in just a little bit under that at 6 1/2 hours. But, with a bigger swath, the chances are pretty good that more work can be accomplished in that 6 1/2 hours than with the smaller deck. The ReVolt recharges overnight, in around 10 hours for a full recharge.
One of the big selling points for the Revolt is its low center of gravity. Because of its low-slung, wide stance, in addition to its low battery placement, the ReVolt can claim to have the lowest center of gravity when compared to comparable gas-powered walk-behind mowers. This translates to a mower that excels at hugging steeper slopes.
The Mean Green ReVolt has a top speed of 7 MPH and can crank out around 24 Hp at its peak. Depending on the model, the ReVolt only produces 76-78 dB(a). And, because the ReVolt requires no gas, emissions become a non-issue.
To learn more about the Mean Green ReVolt, or any of the company’s other electric options, check them out at MeanGreenProducts.com .
The Mean Green ReVolt showcases a lot of what is great about battery powered OPE. Instant start-up, low operating costs, fewer maintenance requirements, and zero emissions make for great features. Lower noise output means that we’ll see these types of products crop up more often in noise restricted places like schools, hospitals, golf courses, corporate headquarters, etc. Plus, the word is that there are federal tax credits available for going green.
The downside to these machines is that the up-front costs for battery powered OPE can be pretty high. We’re not entirely sure where the Mean Green ReVolt falls on the cost spectrum, but we think it likely that it will cost a fair deal more than its gas-powered counterpart. Still, the low cost of operation and maintenance should mitigate the startup costs.
The question still remains of whether electric is ready to replace gas power. We don’t think the technology is quite there yet, but it might not be as far away as anyone thinks. With a respectable runtime and a seemingly adequate amount of power, the Mean Green ReVolt does make a great case for starting to think in the electric direction.
Mean Green ReVolt Features
- Made in the U.S.A.
- Low Center of Gravity
- Low Noise
- Zero Emissions
- Zero Gas
- Low Maintenance
- 2-Year Limited Mower Warranty
- 3-Year Limited Battery Warranty
- Deck Size: 48″ or 52″
- Voltage: 48V
- Batteries: 1-2 Each LEM 48140
- Weight 48″: 635-750 lbs. (Depends On Number Of Batteries)
- Weight 52″: 645-760 lbs. (Depends On Number Of Batteries)
- Mow Time 48″: 3.25 Hours w/ 1 Battery; 7 Hours w/ 2 Batteries
- Mow Time 52″: 3 Hours w/1 Battery; 6.5 Hours w/ 2 Batteries
- Blades/Deck: 3 Each
- Recharge Time: 4-10 Hours Complete Charging (240V)
- Speed: 7 MPH
- Operational Savings: $6.00/Hour
- LEM Life: 6000-9000 Mowing Hours
- Sound Level: 76 dB(a)-78 dB(a)
- Peak Horsepower: 24 Hp
- Mower Dimensions 48″: 81″L x 49.5″W x 43″H
- Mower Dimensions 52″: 83″L x 54″W x 43″H