AGCO Fendt launches all-electric tractor

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The world’s first all-electric tractor has been developed by AGCO Fendt and will be on display at Agritechnica 2017.

The battery-powered Fendt e100 Vario can be used in normal operation for a full working day without the need to recharge. The compact tractor’s high-capacity lithium-ion battery has a 50kW output that lasts for up to five hours, and can be charged either with 400V and up to 22kW via a standard CEE outdoor socket, or by a supercharging option with direct voltage. With a standard CCS type 2 plug, the battery can be recharged up to 80% in 40 minutes and has a capacity of approximately 100kWh, while the onboard electric motor is capable of recovering and conserving energy.

Using the powertrain of a 50kW Vario model, it replaces the combustion engine, the exhaust, air and fuel systems, and the radiator by the battery block, with a compact electric motor and the necessary electric control system.

An AGCO Fendt spokesperson said, “The battery-powered tractor can significantly reduce CO? emissions. If renewable energy generated on the farm is used, the machine can be operated with a net zero carbon footprint and very cost-efficiently.”

An innovative thermal management system that makes use of a regulated, electrical heat pump performs the task of air conditioning the cab – ensuring the cab temperature is controlled efficiently – as well as manages the temperatures of the battery and electronics. The battery pack can also serve as intermediate storage for farm-generated power.

September 15, 2017

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