Jay Leno backs ecofriendly line of implements
By Jay Fitzgerald
Sunday, August 23, 2009
The late-night NBC funnyman, who’s soon to become a primetime funnyman, is apparently intrigued with a new ecofriendly line of motorized lawn implements that run on cleaner-burning propane fuel, rather than dirtier gasoline and oil.
“He (Leno) is very current on technology and knows his stuff,” said Herzer, who recently spent nearly six hours at “Jay Leno’s Garage” in Burbank, Calif., where Leno keeps his huge armada of cars.
The 50-year-old Herzer, a former commercial-ship company owner, said he’s developed technology so that small internal-cumbustion engines can run on propane.
Propane is a cleaner-burning fuel than gasoline and oil, which are both usually mixed together to run motorized lawn equipment, considered a major source of carbon pollution that causes global warming.
Two-year-old Lehr Inc. is already selling its products, usually via co-branding agreements, at Home Depot, Sears, True Value and other stores. “We’ve had explosive growth,” he said.
Seth Kaplan, a senior attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation, said propane is indeed a cleaner fuel than gasoline and diesel. But recent regulations forced lawn-mower and other lawn-tool makers to make cleaner burning gas-powered engines.
As a result, the difference between propane-powered and gas-powered engines isn’t as great as it used to be.
Bob Keough, a spokesman for Gov. Deval Patrick’s office of energy and environmental affairs, said the bottom line is that propane spews “lower toxic emissons.”
Herzer said he’s planning to unveil more propane-powered products that he hopes to showcase on Leno’s show down the road.