Going green – The Best Electric Riding Mowers, Lawn Tractors and ZTRs

This article discusses the best electric riding lawnmowers and electric zero-turn mowers for 2021. It will be updated as new electric mowers are introduced.

Electric vehicles are starting to replace gas/diesel cars, trucks, and ATV’s. If you are one of the ever-growing numbers of EV owners who commute to work in your efficient electric car all week, only to hop on your gas-guzzling lawnmower to mow your lawn it may make sense to consider going electric for mowing your lawn.

A number of new all-electric ride on mowers entered the market in the last year and I’ll help you find the best one for you.

Looking for a comparison of the Ryobi, EGO, and Cub Cadet ZTR’s? Check out this article: 42-inch Electric ZTRs – Ryobi, EGO, or Cub Cadet? Which One Is Best For You?

In addition to being better for the environment, electric riding mowers, electric lawn tractors, and electric zero-turn mowers have a number of other benefits.

  • Less yearly maintenance costs.  You can forget about changing the oil, oil filter, spark plugs, belts, and air filters. Just change/sharpen the mower blades and check the tire pressure as needed. Savings – about $250 a year.
  • Less expensive to operate. My 42 inch, 24 HP Zero-turn uses about 2 gallons of fuel or $5.50 to mow my lawn. An electric riding mower will use about 75 cents in electricity. (My local fuel prices and electric rates) Plus, I don’t have to buy a gas can, go to the gas station in my vehicle, and have gas sitting around my garage.
  • Less expensive to own. An electric riding mower powered by Lithium-Ion batteries and brushless motors will pay for itself and actually save you money over the life of the mower compared to a gas-powered one. A lead-acid powered electric rider will pretty much break even because you have to replace the batteries every few years. But you still get all the benefits of a quieter mower and reduced yearly maintenance.
  • Quieter to operate: You can mow without the deafening roar of a lawn tractor engine.

Noise: All-electric riding mowers are much quieter than your gas-powered lawn tractor but they still make noise when the blades are engaged. The noise is still loud enough that you may want to wear hearing protection.

One big advantage that’s not advertised: Performing yard work with an electric rider. My wife loves to work outside on her landscaping. It’s her therapy. She is constantly moving from one landscape bed to another trimming that branch, pinching off that flower or changing a plant that has flowered for another yet to bloom.  A Cub Cadet yard cart stays attached all the time. An electric rider is perfect for her. No noise, no choking the engine and waiting for it to warm up. She just turns the key and goes from bed to bed.  She doesn’t mow the yard so the electric rider’s battery easily lasts a week or more before it needs to be plugged in and charged.

One more thing you need to know before we discuss the actual electric riding mowers.

Lithium-Ion or Lead Acid Deep Cycle AGM/SLA?

Lawn Mower Manufacturers are currently using two types of batteries in electric riding mowers. Lithium-Ion and Lead-Acid AGM/FLA. Lithium-Ion is the way to go because they last longer, are lighter, and are better for the environment but they do cost more upfront. Because of that some manufacturers still offer lead-acid batteries in a few of the residential models for cost-conscious buyers.

Lithium-Ion Batteries are Best

Lithium-ion batteries are the same battery as in your phone – just bigger. Lithium-Ion Batteries last longer, maintain the same power throughout their discharge cycle, and can be discharged repeatedly without damage. Because of this, a 48 Volt, 60 Ah Lithium-Ion battery will mow about the same area as a set of 48V, 100 Ah Lead Acid batteries.  Lithium-Ion batteries can be stored in freezing temps. They do not need to be charged periodically during storage although a few brands are recommending charging them every six months in storage.

Using the supplied factory charger a 56 Volt, 60 AH battery will charge in 4 hours. In addition, you can partially charge the battery and not damage it.

When used in a residential riding mower a Lithium-Ion battery should last 1000-1200 cycles or 10+ years.

Lead Acid Batteries Are Cheapest Up Front.

Lead Acid AGM batteries are similar to the starting battery in your new car.  AGM batteries cost less upfront, have a much shorter life span than Lithium-Ion, loose power/voltage during discharge, and can only be discharged down to 60-80% repeatedly without damage. Because of that, you need a 100 Ah AGM battery to mow the same amount of lawn as a 60 AH Lithium-Ion battery. AGM batteries need to be stored in temperatures between freezing and 80 degrees Fahrenheit and periodically charged when stored for more than a month. They are much larger and heavier than Lithium-Ion batteries.

Using the supplied factory charger a 48 Volt, 100 AH lead-acid battery set will charge in 12-14 hours. You should always leave the battery on the charger the full time to equalize the charge in all the batteries (usually four).

When used in a residential riding mower an AGM battery set should last 150-400 cycles or 3-5 years. (If you never run your battery below 60%, charge it correctly, and store it correctly you may get 400-500 cycles)

Finally! the Mowers!

Please note! This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. But, please feel free to visit your local authorized dealer and purchase locally. I don’t make a commission when you do that but I don’t mind. 

I am going to cover Lithium-Ion and Lead-Acid powered mowers separately.

Lithium-Ion Battery Mowers

2021 Cub Cadet CC30e

This is a proven rear engine riding mower and the gas version (CC30H) has been around for many years. “No more gas, no spark plugs, no belts, no nothing. I only wish it was heavier on the drive wheels because I have some slight inclines to climb. Owner Review.”

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  • Class: Riding Mower, Great for small lawns.
  • Model: CC30e
  • Deck: 30 inch. Comes with a mulching plug. 2 bin bagger available.
  • Type: Rear engine rider
  • Battery: 56 volt, 30 Ah, 1500 Watt-hour Lithium-Ion Will mow up to 1 acre and charge fully in 4 hours.
  • Cub Cadet open high-back seat with elevated back support and armrests attached
  • 3-year unlimited hours/4-year battery warranty

Read all the details, buy online or order through a select Cub Cadet Dealer here:   Buy Cub Cadet CC30e

Read more and buy through the Home Depot here: Buy Cub Cadet CC30e

2021 Cub Cadet LT42e Electric Lawn Tractor

This is a proven lawn tractor with a great cutting deck converted to electric. Same workmanship and cut quality as the highly-rated Cub Cadet LT42 lawn tractor. “This mower matches its gas-powered stablemates in the quality of cut. Owner Review.”
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  •  Class: Lawn Tractor, Great for typical suburban lawns up to 2 acres.
  • Model: LT42e
  • Deck: 42-inch QuickAttach™ (no tools required)
  • Type: Rear engine rider
  • Battery: 56 volt, 60 AH, 3000 Watt-hour Lithium-Ion Will mow up to 2 acres and charge fully in 4 hours.
  • Cub Cadet open high-back seat with elevated back support and armrests attached
  • 3-year unlimited hours/4-year battery warranty

Read all the details, buy online or order through a select Cub Cadet Dealer here:  Buy Cub Cadet LT42e

Read more and buy through the Home Depot here: Buy Cub Cadet LT42e

2021 Cub Cadet Ultima ZT1 42E Electric Zero-Turn

Going green - The Best Electric Riding Mowers, Lawn Tractors and ZTRs 1

For the homeowner who wants the best cut first, the best ZTR second, and is excited it comes in a battery version. Cub Cadet ZT1 42E zero-turn mower will mow up to two and a half acres on one charge and the lithium-ion battery can be quickly charged to any amount if you have “just a little more” lawn than that. It is straightforward and simple to use. This mower also comes with the best dealer service network and support of the three mowers in this article.

I have an extensive article comparing this mower to the EGO and Ryobi zero-turn mowers. Check it out here: 42-inch Electric ZTRs – Ryobi, EGO, or Cub Cadet? Which One Is Best For You?

EGO Power+ 42” Z6

ego_zt4204l electric ztr EGO’s new 56 volt ZTR is the talk of the news media. It looks cool and sports all kinds of hi-tech gadgetry like 360-degree lighting, multiple mowing modes, and a control panel right out of the Space X rocket.  It’s the first riding mower that uses the same EGO 56V ARC Lithium™ batteries as all their other residential tools.

The EGO will be available at Lowes and servicing dealers.

I have an extensive article comparing the Cub Cadet, EGO, and Ryobi electric zero-turn mowers. Check it out here: 42-inch Electric ZTRs – Ryobi, EGO, or Cub Cadet? Which One Is Best For You?

Wiebang E-Rider

weibang-rear-engine-riding-mower When I was growing up my grandmother had a Cub Cadet 60 Rider. I loved that little mower. It was quick and a lot more maneuverable than the John Deere 110 my father had. It was fun! The Wiebang E-Rider reminds me a lot of the Cub Cadet 60.

Owners love how small it is and it’s perfect for that lawn that’s just a little too big to mow with a walk-behind. It will mow one acre but really shines on 1/4 to 1/2 acre flat lawns.

  • Class: Riding Mower, Good for small, smooth lawns
  • Model: Weinag E-Rider
  • Deck: 30 inch
  • Type: Rear engine rider
  • Battery: 72 volt, 20 AH, 1500 Watt-Hour.
  • Very Compact and does not take up a lot of room in your garage.
  • Warranty: 3 Year Residential

Read more and buy through the Home Depot here: Buy Weibang E-Rider

TURF ONE E-Rider Model #30-EB

Weibang makes a great little mower for people who have just a little more lawn than they can walk.  But, not many people want a mower with a name  that sounds “foreign.” So, it appears they have renamed it Turf ONE. Owners love how small it is and it’s perfect for that lawn that’s just a little too big to mow with a walk-behind. It will mow one acre but really shines on 1/4 to 1/2 acre flat lawns.

  • Class: Riding Mower, Good for small, smooth lawns
  • Model: Turf One E-Rider Model #30-EB
  • Deck: 30 inch
  • Type: Rear engine rider
  • Battery: 72 volt, 20 AH, 1500 Watt-Hour.
  • Very Compact and does not take up a lot of room in your garage.
  • Warranty: 3 Year Residential

Read more and buy through the Home Depot here: Buy Turf One E-Rider

TURF ONE VOLT 32C Model #32c1900

If you use a bagger most of the time on your smaller lawn the TURF ONE VOLT 32C Model #32c1900 may be a great choice for you.

  • Class: Riding Mower, Good for small, smooth lawns
  • Model: Turf One E-Rider Model #32-C
  • Deck: 30 inch
  • Type: Rear engine rider
  • Battery: 72 volt, 30 AH, 1500 Watt-Hour.
  • Very Compact and does not take up a lot of room in your garage.
  • Warranty: 3 Year Residential

Read more and buy through the Home Depot here: Buy Turf One 32-C E-Rider

Craftsman

(Owned by Stanley, Black & Decker – Sold through Lowes and other retailers)

Although the Craftsman branded electric riding mowers are most likely the same mower as the Cub Cadet’s above (made by MTD) I am not going to recommend them at this time. Why? 1. Service and parts availability are very poor. Parts are not available online. Any service requires you to ship your mower off to some unknown location. Owners with problems are very frustrated with both Lowes and Craftsman. 2. All reviews on Lowes are “[This review was collected as part of a promotion.]” meaning Lowes or Craftsman paid the reviewer for the review and the results may be skewed because of that.

Craftsman electric rider E150 Plain and simple – You want a mower that works when you want to use it – if it breaks you want to get parts immediately or get it repaired quickly. When/if this improves I will update this article to reflect the changes.

Class: Riding Mower

GreenWorks Commercial Lithium Z RZ48R

The Greenworks Lithium Z is a high-end residential ZTR and will be available through GreenWorks Commercial dealers this spring. This mower features a commercial fabricated deck, heavy-duty frame, and smooth controls. I saw it at GIE-EXPO and I was impressed. The cost will be around $7000.

Going green - The Best Electric Riding Mowers, Lawn Tractors and ZTRs 2 Greenworks Commercial also offers a full line of commercial electric ZTR, Stand-ons, and walk-behinds.

If you are not familiar with Greenworks it is a global company headquartered in Changzhou, China and has offices in South Carolina, and Sweden. The brands they offer are Greenworks (residential) PowerWorks (residential) and Greenworks Commercial.

  • Class: Zero-Turn Mower (ZTR) up to 2 acres.
  • Model: Lithium Z RZ48R
  • Deck: 48″ Residential Zero Turn Mower
  • Type: Zero-Turn
  • Battery: 82 volt, Run Time Up to 1 Hours?, Cut Area Up to 2.25 Acres, Charge Time 7 hours
  • Very Compact and does not take up a lot of room in your garage.
  • Warranty: 2 Year Residential, 3-year battery

Gravely EVZT

Gravely EVZT The EVZT zero-turn is the first commercially capable battery-powered ZTR developed by a tried and true outdoor power equipment manufacturer. Gravely has had this mower out on lawns now for a year and the owners just rave about how well it cuts and how easy it is to maintain. If you are a commercial mower and need a dependable unit this may be the best choice for you right now.

This mower will mow up to 15 acres (5 hours) on one charge of the 4 kWh batteries. (one battery is equivalent to EIGHT 10 Ah EGO batteries) The FusionCore QuikSwap batteries are swappable out in the field and Gravely has even introduced an offboard portable charger so your crews can work all day long.

Class: Commercial Zero-Turn Mower.

You can read more here: Gravely EVZT

Mean Green

Mean Green – Commercial Electric Mowers

Mean Green Stand On

Mean Green Mowers has a complete line of lithium-powered commercial riding, stand-on, walk-behind and trimming mowers. They feature interchangeable high-capacity battery packs that can quickly be exchanged to power their mowers all day long. This is the true “Tesla” of riding mowers – state of the art batteries, chargers, and electronics.

Like the Tesla autos, there is no maintenance on these mowers other than occasional inspections for safety and a few grease fittings. No seasonal maintenance like oil, spark plugs, oil filters, air filters, hydraulic fluid, etc to purchase and store. Best of all, there is NO gas to purchase and haul around in your trunk! No storage cans of stale fuel sitting around your garage! Commercial owners are seeing savings of hundreds of dollars per month on parts and fuel alone, not to mention the high labor costs to accomplish the maintenance. The additional cost of the batteries quickly is offset by maintenance and operating savings over gas-powered equipment.

The mowers themselves are true commercial grade mowers and cost about the same as an equivalent commercial gas-powered zero-turn. The battery packs and chargers are additional.

Did I mention how quiet they are?

DR Power Equipment, a subsidiary of Generac Holdings Inc., a manufacturer of professional-grade, outdoor power equipment recently acquired Mean Green Products, the established leader in the battery-electric commercial electric lawn mower industry.

Find out more about Mean Green Mowers here: Mean Green Mowers

Lead Acid Deep Cycle AGM Battery Powered Mowers

Ryobi 30 in. Electric Rear Engine Riding Mower Model #RY48130

Ryobi Electric Riding Lawn Mower

The Ryobi Electric Rider and Electric Zero-turn are the most popular residential electric mowers available because they can be easily purchased through The Home Depot and they are gaining a great reputation for cut quality, ease of use, and dependability. 

Ryobi 42 Inch Zero-Turn Mower RY48ZTR75 and RY48ZTR100

Going green - The Best Electric Riding Mowers, Lawn Tractors and ZTRs 3 No emissions, no starting issues, no fuel or other maintenance besides changing the mowing blades once in a while. Combine this ZTR with the Ryobi 40 volt Tool Collection or the Toro Flex-Force System and you no longer need a gas-powered product to maintain your 2-3 acre yard! It’s time to get rid of the gas can!  The RYOBI 48V Zero Turn Electric Riding Mower is powered by 75 Ah or 100 Ah Lead-Acid Batteries and 4 High-Powered Brushless Motors. This mower can cut up to 2.25/3.0 acres on a single charge. The durable 42 in. steel deck is equipped with two precision-cut steel blades. The 12-Position Manual Deck Adjustment provides a clean-cut to your lawn every time. The advanced control panel activates the blades, slow speed function, LED headlights and displays the battery level and run-time. The rear access charging port makes charging your rider easy when the job is done.

  • Class: Zero-Turn Mower (ZTR) up to 2 acres
  • Lead-Acid Battery Operated: fully electric and 0 emissions
  • Up to 3 acres of mowing per charge (2.25 acres with 75 AH batteries)
  • 4 high powered brushless motors
  • 42 in. heavy-duty steel deck
  • 2 precision cut steel blades
  • 12 position manual deck adjustment
  • Side discharge, mulching, or bagging capable (bagger accessory available online only)
  • 1.5 in. to 4.5 in. adjustable cutting height
  • Low maintenance: no belts, spark plugs, or filters
  • Battery operated: quiet cutting, no gas, fumes, charge and go
  • Control panel: battery level indicator, unit hour meter, USB charging
  • Easy access rear charging port
  • Charges through a standard 120-Volt outlet. 12-14 hour charge time
  • Includes towing hitch and tow assembly hardware
  • Warranty: 3-Year Limited
  • Battery Warranty:1-Year Limited

I have an extensive article comparing the Cub Cadet, EGO, and Ryobi electric zero-turn mowers. Check it out here: 42-inch Electric ZTRs – Ryobi, EGO, or Cub Cadet? Which One Is Best For You?

Read more and buy at The Home Depot: Ryobi RY48ZTR75 and RY48ZTR100 – 42-inch Electric Zero-Turn Mower

Ryobi RM480E – RM480ex ELECTRIC RIDING MOWER

Class: Riding Mower

ryobi-rear-engine The Ryobi RM480E has been on the market for two years and features a proven battery and propulsion system that will give you years of use. No gas, no oil changes, no real maintenance besides blades and cleaning for years. This mower uses standard deep discharge batteries for long mowing time and long battery life. If you have a smaller property to mow, and would like to be rid of noise, fumes and maintenance headaches of a gas-fueled riding mower, the cordless electric Ryobi RM480ex deserves serious consideration. It can run up to 2.5 hours on a single charge and is a great performer, too.

  • Class: Riding Mower, Great for small lawns
  • Battery-Operated: fully electric and 0 emissions
  • 3 Brushless motors for superior power and performance
  • Up to 2 hours of runtime or 2 acres of mowing
  • Environmentally friendly.
  • Virtually maintenance-free.
  • Super quiet. Intuitive operation.
  • Warranty: 3-Year Limited
  • Battery Warranty:1-Year Limited

With the RM480E, you get all the benefits of owning a fully electric riding lawn mower without sacrificing power, performance or features.

Read more at The Home Depot: Ryobi RM480e 38 in. Battery Electric Riding Lawn Mower

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