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Profile: New Holland methane tractors

After almost 15 years investigating sustainable and innovative solutions, New Holland's methane-powered tractors are ready to be delivered in the UK.

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They may have taken many years to develop but later this year, methane-powered tractors built by New Holland will be delivered to their new owners in the UK and other countries.

Continuing with its drive to produce a more sustainably powered tractor, New Holland Agriculture is making the final few tweaks to its T6 methane power tractor before delivery.

Carlo Lambro, New Holland brand president, says, “We’ve pioneered sustainable, innovative solutions for some 14 years.

“We developed the Energy-Independent Farm model, showing how a closed-loop between agricultural production and energy generation can make farming CO2-neutral, or even carbon negative, with significant benefits for our customers. This year, we’re taking a further step into turning this into a reality as our methane-powered tractor enters the New Holland range.”

The first production unit of the T6 methane power tractor, a cornerstone of New Holland’s Energy Independent Farm concept, was presented at the Agritechnica show in 2019 and now targets full commercial availability in 2021. Field trials are in the final stages and by the first half of the year, production units will be delivered to selected customers in Germany, France, Italy, the UK, and the Benelux, which are all key markets for the T6 tractor where biogas production is advanced.

The methane-powered tractor will enter the New Holland range by the end of the year and be available to all customers in Europe and other markets across the world.

The Clean Energy Leader continues to extend its scope to explore new areas of innovation through partnerships. The first one is with Italian Barolo wine producer Fontanafredda, in a project that aims to achieve carbon-free vineyard operations.

New Holland and FPT Industrial are testing in their vineyards a new bio-methane tractor derived from a standard New Holland TK model. It’s powered by the new FPT Industrial F28 engine, crowned Diesel of the Year in 2020.

The tractor tested in the Fontanafredda vineyards is powered on bio-methane, with the aim of accomplishing the first CO2-free wine production, an important step towards the decarbonisation of the grape growing chain.

In another partnership, New Holland has developed with Italian implements producer Nobili an innovative concept for the electrification of implements for vineyards and orchards.

It combines the New Holland T4.110V with an e-Source external generator compliant with AEF High Voltage guidelines. In an industry first, the generator driven by the tractor’s PTO is the only source of energy powering the new e-Sprayer and e-Mulcher.

This innovation was recognised with the Technical Innovation 2020/21 Award at EIMA International.

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