According to the story, last October, the Southern California Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) brought battery-electric lawn mowers to seven groups in San Bernardino County, including: Cal State San Bernardino, the city of San Bernardino, county of San Bernardino, San Bernardino International Airport and the Inland Empire 66ers baseball team. A total of 17 battery-powered lawn mowers e supplied by the anti-smog agency in order to persuade these groups to buy all-electric equipment.
Cal State L.A. also received a demonstration from the SCAQMD in January and decided to go 100% zero-emissions.
Richard Valenzuela, lead grounds worker at Cal State L.A., said it took some convincing for him and his workers to switch to battery-operated equipment. He said the electric machines have cut down on vibrations that made his hands numb hours later. He also no longer comes home smelling of gasoline, he said.