Electric Innovation: Sark leads the charge with first electric tractor in GB

By: Chris McCullough

With so few all electric-tractors on the market, the Farmtrac 25G is earning its stripes as an estate tractor. Farm Trader takes a closer look.

The tiny island of Sark has become the first customer in Great Britain to purchase an all-electric tractor for use on La Seigneurie estate.

The Farmtrac 25G is one of very few all electri tractors on the market

Sark is the fourth-smallest of the Channel Islands and nestles in the English Channel just off the Normandy coast. It’s famous for having no cars on its roads and tractors are the preferred mode of transport.

However, with the advances in technology, Major Christopher Beaumont, the 23rd Seigneur of Sark, has become the first customer in Great Britain to purchase an all-electric tractor.

After trawling many websites researching electric tractors, Christopher found the Farmtrac 25G model powered by a 21kWh battery.

The tractor is powered by a 21kWh battery

Made in India, this unique tractor has all-wheel drive and can work for six to seven hours before needing to be recharged for five hours from a normal domestic electric socket.

Zero emissions, oil-immersed brakes, power steering, and position control hydraulic linkage are also part the features on the Farmtrac 25G.

Christopher bought the tractor from the Farmtrac UK distributor, Reesink Agriculture UK Ltd.

He says, "I decided to purchase this model because I think it’s the only one available at the moment. I certainly couldn’t find any alternatives. It was featured on TV, which is how it came to my attention. 

Major Christopher Beaumont, the 23rd Seigneur of Sark

"I was looking for a small estate machine and as we had recently made the leap to come off our grid, which currently costs 56p/unit, it seemed to be a natural progression to keep pushing the green agenda. 

"Someone has to take the first steps and we were in the market, so it seemed sensible to be seen to be leading from the front. I’ve also been banging on about renewable energy publicly for some time, so it seemed right to be doing what I had been preaching."

Christopher plans to use solar energy created on the island from his own solar panels to charge the tractor, which he wants to use on his own estate.

"Sark certainly has enough sunshine to create the energy, but I might need to increase the number of solar panels I have to collect it. On a normal day here in mid-winter, my system collects 16kWh, even with the sun being low.

Sark Island

"In the summer, the system can be making more than 45kWh per day, easily enough to fill the 21kWh battery," he says.

On La Seigneurie estate, Christopher has lined up a number of jobs for the new electric tractor once it arrives from the distributor via Guernsey Island.

"It will be used for estate management work, including mowing, moving things, topping grass, and log-splitting. I also hope to get a front loader for it making it even more versatile.

"I had been looking at the possibility of an electric quad-bike instead but they simply do not have the utility that comes with a tractor such as the universal utility of PTO at the rear and centre of the machine, and the standard three point linkage at the rear."  

Find new and used farming machinery on Farm Trader NZ  

Keep up to date in the industry by signing up to Farm Trader's free newsletter or liking us on Facebook