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Tractor prototype uses methane for greener farming

The New Holland T6.180 Methane Power tractor
The New Holland T6.180 Methane Power tractor
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The nine methane tanks on the New Holland T6 hold enough fuel for half a day's work
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The nine methane tanks on the New Holland T6 hold enough fuel for half a day's work
The New Holland methane tractor is just a prototype at the moment
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The New Holland methane tractor is just a prototype at the moment
The New Holland tractor is a second-generation methan prototype
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The New Holland tractor is a second-generation methan prototype
New Holland is no stranger to alternative fuels in its tractors
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New Holland is no stranger to alternative fuels in its tractors
The methane New Holland tractor has the same ground clearance as the regular diesel model
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The methane New Holland tractor has the same ground clearance as the regular diesel model
The New Holland T6.180 Methane Power tractor
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The New Holland T6.180 Methane Power tractor

New Holland is no stranger to alternative fuels and technology in its tractors, having dabbled with hydrogen and autonomous battery-powered models in the past. In another attempt to move away from diesel, the agricultural giant has just unveiled the T6.180 Methane Power.

Much like its predecessor – the T6.140 Methane Power – the latest New Holland tractor is just a prototype, designed to raise awareness about the potential of alternative fuel for farmers. At the moment, that vehicle is touring farms in Brazil, where the company is subjecting it to a set of tests exploring how effective bio-methane could be compared to diesel.

The new T6.180, which is currently on display at the SIMA Agribusiness show in Paris, is fitted with a compressed-methane-powered NEF6 engine. Fuel is stored in nine integrated tanks, giving the tractor identical ground clearance to a regular diesel mode. The 52-kg (115-lb) total capacity allows for around half a day of work without a fill-up.

Compared to a conventional diesel tractor, New Holland says its methane models can save up to 25 percent on fuel costs alone, all the while emitting 80 percent less CO2. According to the company, it already meets the emissions standards expected to hit Europe in 2020. For even greater emissions cuts, the tractor can even be powered using bio-methane produced on-site.

"The T6 Methane Power tractor is one of the cornerstones of our Clean Energy Leader strategy, which we launched 10 years ago to increase farming efficiency and sustainability," said Carlo Lambro, Brand President. "Today we see methane and propane as the fuels with the greatest potential for the development of technologies that deliver on all fronts: performance, costs and sustainability."

Source: New Holland

3 comments
LarryWolf
Best to make these tractors using BEVs and solar power. Everything under the sun should be battery powered by solar charging. NO exceptions be it for planes, trains, semi's, trucks, buses, car, bikes, boats, floating cities, whatever. It should all be renewable powered by electrics.
EcoLogical
Methane is better than diesel but the future is electric. New Holland built a hydrogen fuel cell tractor in 2009, now they can economically replace the fuel cells with batteries, and most farms have room for solar panels and stationary storage i.e. farms can be energy self sufficient!
Nik
Instead of ''horsepower'' this tractor will be rated in ''cowpower''?