The price of an electric lawn mowing has fallen by more than 50 per cent in five years as the industry’s boom has been driven by the internet and technology.
Electric lawnmowers have gained popularity since the technology first became widely available in the 1980s.
There are now more than 7,000 models in Australia and they can be found on the shelves of almost every hardware store and online, with prices ranging from as little as $30 in the lower end to as much as $5,000 for more expensive models.
With the technology now cheaper than gas-powered electric vehicles, the trend has led to a surge in the number of electric lawnmower users.
“We have a market where electric lawn tools are now becoming a mainstream product,” said Rob Jones, general manager of electric-mower dealer Jiffy Mower in the inner-west suburb of Ballarat.
Mr Jones said his sales had fallen off by half over the past year due to the increasing popularity of electric vehicles.
He said his company was now working on making electric lawn accessories more affordable, such as the “jiffy” mower.
In Ballarat, Mr Jones said the price of the electric lawn tool had dropped by more that 50 per 100 metres since 2010, from about $30 to about $20.
The price of a jiffy mower was now $100, he said.
Other retailers selling lawn equipment also saw a rise in sales of electric mowers.
A company called G2A, which helps customers purchase goods online, has also seen sales increase since the beginning of the year, with its sales increasing by nearly 50 per year.
It said its sales were “substantially outpacing the sales growth” of its competitors in the Australian market.
However, it said the company was still in a “very early stage of a transition” to its own sales platform.
G2A’s sales of jiffys, which are made from compressed air, have seen a sharp rise in popularity over the last five years, according to its data.
Its latest sales figures show sales of its jiffies grew by more then 5 per cent last year.