Electric mobility is not only confined to electric passenger cars, buses, bikes, and trucks. Tractors are also getting electrified in the electric vehicle revolution.
A tractor is an engineering vehicle specifically designed to deliver a high tractive effort (or torque) at slow speeds, for the purposes of hauling a trailer or machinery used in agriculture or construction. [Reference]
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The torque requirement for an electric tractor is not similar to that of passenger vehicles. A tractor is a low-speed high power vehicle that assists a farmer in the field.
What is an Electric Tractor?
In 1892, John Froelich invented and built the first gasoline/petrol-powered tractor in Clayton County, Iowa, US.
The first commercially successful light-weight petrol-powered general purpose tractor was built by Dan Albone, a British inventor in 1901.
A gasoline-powered tractor emits gases that pollute the air. The noise from a tractor is much more than that of any passenger cars.
An electric tractor uses one or more electric motors for propulsion. The hydraulic systems in the tractor may also have been replaced by electric systems.
Advantages of Electric Tractors
A conventional gasoline-powered tractor emits environmental polluting gases when it operates. Another drawback of a tractor is the noise that it produces.
A conventional tractor needs fuel to operate. The location of the field might make it is inconvenient to fill the fuel. A tractor that operates in a field that located far away from the gas fulling station makes the fuel filling a difficult task.
Here the electric tractor dominates.
- Electric tractors are pollution-free – There is no tailpipe emission from an e-tractor
- Electric tractors do not require gasoline and the electric charging station (home charging) energizes the vehicle
- An electric tractor assures no/low noise operation
Are electric tractors practical?
Yes. They are.
Tractor manufacturers already started the production of electric tractors. The technology is still improving day by day. The commercial production of electric tractor proves that technology is a feasible solution.
Who manufactures electric tractor?
Tractor manufacturing giants are also started manufacturing electric tractors. A number of start-ups are also manufacturing electric tractors to minimize air pollution and to tackle the adverse environmental effects by the gasoline-powered tractors.
Here is a list of e-tractor manufactures
Electrification of automobiles is not limited to passenger vehicles. Electric tractors are also a part of the electric vehicle revolution that accelerates e-mobility.
Electric cars already gained momentum in the automotive market.
The technology of electric tractors is being developed day by day and let’s expect a bright future for e-tractors as well.
- Electric tractors are powered using electric battery
- Tractor manufacturers started production of e-tractors
- Low noise, no pollution, home charging facilities are the main advantages of electric tractor
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