With many automakers focusing on developing hybrid vehicles, attention has turned to implementing such eco-friendly technology to other devices, such as lawn care utilities reliant upon traditional fossil fuels. Studio Volpi’s concept solar electric lawnmower not only offers a rechargeable battery as a power source, but also allows users to keep the mower perpetually juiced via sunlight.
More closely resembling a sleek concept car than a lawn tool, the solar electric lawnmower is able to get revved and ready for work by way of charging its removable polymer-ion battery. Once in the glare of sunlight, the mower’s photovoltaic tech “gathers even more energy to keep going and going,” according to Dvice.
Recipient of a Red Dot Design Award in 2009 due to its ability to remain perpetually charged while in use, simple one-button start-up, and quiet operation, the solar electric lawnmower is also compact enough to be easily stored within small spaces. An attachable bag used to store lawn trimmings is easily removed with a single maneuver, effectively eliminating frustration and minimizing downtime.