It will be able to use existing farm equipment and same charging ports as normal road cars.

If electric cars are slowly becoming a thing, something we are getting used to see every day, we cannot say the same thing for heavy machinery, especially for agricultural equipment like tractors. However, this might also start changing soon. In pursuit to lower the levels of toxic exhausts, Fendt, German manufacturer of agricultural equipment has shown the public on recent Agritechnica fair in Hanover their first electric tractor, model e100 Vario.

According to Fendt, e100 Vario is a result of many years of developing practical solution for efficient use of electrical propulsion. What came out is a compact size all electric tractor with an output power of 50 kilowatts, that has a battery autonomy of 5 hours under normal working conditions. Energy that enables tractor to work for this long is stored in high-capacity lithium-ion batteries with a total capacity of 100 kWh. When empty, it can be charged via standard CEE outdoor socket or by a supercharging option with direct voltage – same as road cars. This way it can charged to 80% capacity in just 40 minutes.

It is going into production with the year 2018...

Even though e100 Vario is an electric tractor, thus needing electrical power for itself, it can still be fitted with regular electrical implements. To provide energy for those, tractor is equipped with two AEF compliant power interfaces, that can also provide a short-term boost of 150 kW, when needed. With PTO connection and hydraulic supply also available, basically any kind of existing equipment can be used without additional caveats.

...but won't be abailable to general public

First examples of e100 Varios are believed to be on the roads – or farms – in the year 2018, however they will most likely be sent to selected companies and municipalities, with general public being able to buy them in the year after.

Jure Šujica

Photo: Fendt

Nov. 21, 2017 Driving photo: Fendt

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