The electric mower that appeared in videos was a "single pre-production prototype unit," according to a company statement. The Lawn & Landscape blog reported that the prototype was part of DeWalt's battery-powered Ascent Series, which wasn't expected to be made available to the public until fall 2023.
On Oct. 19, 2022, a DeWalt electric (battery-powered) mower caught on fire at the Equip Exposition 2022 in Louisville, Kentucky. According to a post on the expo's official Facebook page, the fire occurred in an outdoor demo yard. No injuries were reported.
A popular Facebook post showed two pictures of the fire and read, "Dewalt broke out their new electric mower at equipment expo…. Hell of a sales pitch 'electric is the future' how about those emissions ."
We reached out to a media contact on DeWalt's website with several questions. The company sent back a brief statement, which was also reported by the Lawn & Landscape blog:
A prototype of one of DEWALT’s new Ascent mowers caught fire during the Equip Exposition last week in Louisville, Kentucky.
Here is the company’s statement: "We are grateful that no one was injured. We are working quickly to determine the cause of the issue with this single pre-production prototype unit and will provide further information when available."
According to the DeWalt website, the company's Ascent Series mowers are indeed electric (battery-powered), commercial-grade products. The page promoting the mowers displayed, "Coming Fall 2023," which meant that the series wasn't set to be released for around a year.
Vehicles powered by electricity, whether they be cars or riding mowers, have become a hot topic in the world of U.S. politics. This has led to quite a few rumors in recent years.
For example, earlier in 2022, Facebook users copied and pasted an evidence-free post about John Deere, a company that also manufactures lawn equipment. According to the post, John Deere purportedly asked a farmer to convert his equipment to electric-power tractors and combines by the year 2023. The farmer then supposedly posed a number of questions in response, apparently leaving the company representative speechless. However, as we reported in August, the company said it doesn't even have plans for any battery-operated or electric large tractors and combines, which called the whole story into question.