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First "Proper" electric tractor

  • 02-05-2023 7:32pm
    Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 5,758 Mod ✭✭✭✭

    This reads like a press release, but at least it's something from a main manufacturer.

    When I say proper tractor, I mean one that I'd be looking to use, not just the mini or garden tractors we've seen so far. Although at 120hp, it would be quite lively for it's size. (Going on it's a T4, but electric).

    Fast charges in an hour so I'd say 50-80kwh battery is likely to be in it. God knows the actual cost though.

    I wonder when I'll see one(or even be available) in (at) the local New Holland dealer.

    Gonna need more solar 😂


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,803 ✭✭✭✭the_amazing_raisin

    Looks awesome, great to see more and more utility vehicles going electric

    I've seen before that most of them seem to target around the 5 hours of operation time, which roughly translates to a day's work when idling time is accounted for

    I could see that not being enough during busy seasons, so including fast charging is definitely a bonus, although it does mean you'd need to pay for a €30k DC charger as well

    Maybe it'll have something like 43kW AC, which is probably more realistic for a farm power supply

    But yeah, gonna need more panels 😉

    On the plus side, looks like it's got V2L onboard, so could function as a house battery

    "The internet never fails to misremember" - Sebastian Ruiz, aka Frost

  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 5,758 Mod ✭✭✭✭graememk

    For what kind of work that tractor usually does, it would last a few days at least, that size of tractor rarely runs flat out all day.

    It's the bigger ones that would be in the field all day, ploughing, planting etc in the spring, in summer it's usually silage time, mowing and lifting. That's when our "big" tractor can push 20L/hr

    Would need 3 phase too, most are on single phase, and the 2 dairy farms beside me are on single phase as far as I know, unless they have their own generators. And a lot more batteries.. a hell of a lot more.

    Cost? Wouldn't be surprised if it's 100k + vat