Kubota LXe electric tractor

Electric tractors are tractors powered by electric vehicle batteries (sometimes called Battery Electric Tractors or BET), or in the case of plug-ins, by an electric power cable.

Advantages

Electric tractors offer several advantages over diesel tractors. An electric motor needs less maintenance than a diesel motor, which has hundreds of moving parts. Electricity can offer cost savings over diesel fuel. Greenhouse gas emissions, estimated at 53 tons per year for a typical diesel tractor, are drastically reduced.[1]

Manufacturers

Electric tractors are manufactured by a German company, Fendt, and by US companies, Solectrac and Monarch Tractor.[2][3][4][5]

In October 2022, The US-American company Ideanomics, which specializes in electric utility vehicles, has commissioned what it claims is the largest assembly plant for electric tractors in North America. The plant in Windsor, California, has the capacity to produce 4,100 electric tractors annually. The vehicles built in Windsor are from Solectrac, a manufacturer acquired by Ideanomics.[6]

John Deere's protoype electric tractor is a plug-in, powered by an electrical cable.[1]

Kubota is prototyping an autonomous electric tractor.[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Brackney, Susan (2021-09-02). "Electric Tractors Are The Future Of Farming". Hobby Farms. Retrieved 2022-07-23.
  2. ^ Gaines, Tharran (2021-11-28). "An electric tractor may be in your future". Successful Farming. Retrieved 2022-07-23.
  3. ^ Weisbrod, Katelyn (2022-07-13). "A New Project in Rural Oregon Is Letting Farmers Test Drive Electric Tractors in the Name of Science". Inside Climate News. Retrieved 2022-07-23.
  4. ^ Garvey, Scott (2021-02-10). "Development of Fendt's e100 electric tractor continues". Grainews. Retrieved 2022-07-24.
  5. ^ Doll, Scooter (2022-08-09). "Foxconn to manufacture electric tractors for Monarch at newly acquired Lordstown facility". Electrek. Retrieved 2022-08-10.
  6. ^ "Ideanomics opens electric tractor factory in California". electrive.com. 2022-10-28. Retrieved 2022-11-02.
  7. ^ Szymkowski, Sean (2020-01-29). "Autonomous, electric tractor could be the future face of smart farming". CNET. Retrieved 2022-07-23.