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eUtility Electric Tractor is powered by a battery, not diesel

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The eUtility Electric Tractor has an 8-speed transmission (forward and reverse)
The eUtility Electric Tractor has an 8-speed transmission (forward and reverse)
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The eUtility Electric Tractor has an 8-speed transmission (forward and reverse)
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The eUtility Electric Tractor has an 8-speed transmission (forward and reverse)
The eUtility Electric Tractor, seen here with its front loader
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The eUtility Electric Tractor, seen here with its front loader

If you were a farmer, wouldn't you prefer to just recharge your utility tractor, instead of refuelling it from your limited onsite supply of diesel? That's exactly where the eUtility Electric Tractor is designed to come in.

Designed by California-based startup Solectrac, the eUtility is a rear-wheel-drive 40-HP diesel-equivalent electric tractor powered solely by an onboard 28-kWh lithium iron phosphate battery pack. One full charge should reportedly be good for four to eight hours of runtime, depending on the load, although that figure can be extended by mounting an extra battery pack on the vehicle's optional three-point front hitch.

Utilizing a standard charging system, the tractor has to be plugged in overnight for a full charge. If a fast-charging system is used, however, an 80-percent charge can be reached in just three hours. According to the company, the battery pack should last for a total of 3,500 charge/discharge cycles (at an 80-percent depth of discharge).

The eUtility Electric Tractor, seen here with its front loader
The eUtility Electric Tractor, seen here with its front loader

The eUtility's rear hitch is compatible with all standard implements, excluding those that require hydraulics. That said, those can also be accommodated if an optional hydraulic pump is purchased. A 1,000-lb (454-kg)-capable front loader is also available.

The whole tractor weighs 4,400 lb (1,996 kg), has a top speed of 25 mph (40 km/h), and can be ordered with either 12 or 18 inches (305 or 457 mm) of ground clearance. Its base price is US$45,000.

You can see the eUtility Electric Tractor in action, in the following video.

Source: Solectrac

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8 comments
FB36
IMHO, there is nothing wrong w/ diesel equipment, if they are run by bio-diesel fuel (& especially farmers themselves can produce it from any crops/biomass)!

But all electric farm equipment is superior, of course, in many ways!
(For example, they could be charged from a solar array and/or small wind turbine(s) and/or bio-diesel generator!)
paul314
And electric motors have really good low-speed torque, so that 40 hp goes a long way.
Spud Murphy
FB36, regardless of fuel, diesel engines produce a lot of particulates, which are known to cause lung and other diseases, and on a tractor you are breathing that shit in all day, so there is something very much wrong about a diesel tractor, or any diesel machine for that matter, even if you run it on biofuel.
Nobody
I've never seen a three point front hitch before. This design for a 40hp utility tractor would also be about a thousand pounds heavier than a conventional diesel. That could be a problem if you don't want tractor tire ruts all over your lawn.
Anechidna
We'd bw in for one of these, we currently use an electric utility vehigle to pull our sprayer (organic spray) and our water tanker which weighs in at 2t all with a 3.7kw motor. So 40hp is very attractive.
Pablo
Great, a latter-day Elek-Trak on steroids! GE had an excellent idea back in the 1979’s, when they introduced those, and it’s even more relevant now. It’s been far too long since they faded away. These aren’t the right choice for many applications, but where they’ll work, full steam ahead.
Mayhem
The lack of a PTO makes this a serious non-starter for me on my small farm in Norway. The lack of PTO means no snow blower, no chop saw, no seed spreader, and the list goes on. I'll be sticking with my nearly 5 decade old Massey Ferguson 133 for now.
Icarus
Wow, this is a great idea! Now I can drive my tractor inside the house without fear of toxic fumes!!! (itsa big house :) I really like the idea of a quiet tractor too. But why do I feel like there is a second shoe to drop? I think I will wait and see and only buy the 2nd or 3rd year model. There's got to be a big, ugly fly in the ointment somewhere. I use the front end loader all the time and so there has to be a 3pointer in the back! They'll probably address that at some early point. I'm very optimistic about this idea for the near future!!!