How to Choose a Cleaner Off Road Vehicle (ORV)

“Nonroad” is a relatively new term for “off-road” vehicles. The nonroad category includes outdoor power equipment, recreational vehicles, farm and construction equipment, boats, and locomotives. Emissions from nonroad engines contribute as much as 15-20% of pollution in cities across the United States. In fact, one gasoline-powered riding lawn mower emits as much pollution in one hour as 34 cars would.  Consumers can prevent pollution from nonroad engines by reducing gasoline spillage and choosing electric equipment over gasoline-powered engines.
 
Up until recently, nonroad vehicles and equipment were not strictly regulated for emissions and air quality standards.  On September 4, 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced tightened emissions standards for new gasoline-powered lawn mowers, weed trimmers and boat engines.  The EPA estimates that the regulations, when fully implemented, will lead to a more efficient combustion process that will save about 190 million gallons of gasoline each year.
 
Learn more about cleaning up your nonroad vehicles and equipment at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)