From Gas to Electric: How Facilities are Converting Grounds Equipment

Maryland’s Montgomery County deals with ups and downs of transitioning to electric equipment.   May 24, 2023

By Dave Lubach, Executive Editor

Institutional and commercial facilities across the country are transitioning their grounds equipment from gas-powered to electric as part of their efforts to reduce emissions and do their part to help slow climate change. 

While the effort is noble and well-intentioned, it’s not easy. There are challenges such as building infrastructure such as charging stations, the cost of converting fleets of vehicles or handheld equipment, and in some instances performance issues. 

In this video, Dave Lubach, executive editor, facility market, sits down with Jason Bowers, the sports field supervisor for parks in Montgomery County in Maryland. Bowers discusses how the county’s transition is going and provides some tips for other managers going through a similar process. 

Here’s what you’ll learn from this video: 

  • Montgomery County’s commitment to using electric equipment. 0:54 
  • Advantages and disadvantages of using electric gear. 1:35 
  • Tips on how to make the transition equipment from gas to electric. 2:36 

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