Boasting an industry first, New Holland introduces the T4 Electric Power Tractor, which is fully electric and is outfitted with autonomous features. The company says this is ushering in a new tractor class–the Utility Electric.
Benefits to the T4 Electric Power include:
- 74 hp rated power
- Quiet operation
- High torque, fast response
- 4-wheel drive
- A proven 12×12 transmission
- Clutch-less electronic power shuttle reverser
- All the regular power outputs of a traditional diesel utility
New Holland developed the T4 Electric Power for mixed farm, hay and forage, dairy, livestock, municipality, greenhouse and specialty crops applications.
The tractor is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack paired with a fully electrified drivetrain. Rated at 74 hp and 65 PTO hp, the tractor features a 110-kWh maximum energy storage capacity in a 400V nominal high-voltage circuit. The power unit delivers gradual power and continuous torque even at the lowest speeds, which is providing a new experience for loader work and farm chores. Its efficient high voltage powertrain has integrated cooling features.
It’s estimated the tractor can provide four hours of average runtime, which can equate to up to eight hours for low-energy demand applications. The battery can be recharged to 100% within an hour when using commercially available fast-charging systems.
“This tractor is a significant step forward for growers, producers and municipalities. The T4 Electric Power addresses a number of challenges they are facing everyday on their operations,” states Lena Bioni, product marketing manager for New Holland Agriculture North America. “What New Holland is bringing to our farmers is a convergence of technology – electric propulsion, autonomous features, better performance – in the body of a utility tractor that’s setting the stage for a more efficient, sustainable and resilient future our customers are striving for.”
The tractors has cameras and sensors mounted on its Smart Roof, and the modes for autonomous operation are active in the cab via touchscreen display.
Autonomous features include:
- Follow Me Mode
- The Invisible Bucket and 360 Degree Awareness
- Over the Air Updates
- Live View
- Map Maker
New Holland had previously introduced its alternative fuels focus with the “Clean Blue” campaign and product introductions such as the T7 Methane Power LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) and the T6.180 Methane Power.
The T4 Electric Power was designed by CNH Industrial engineering in the United States (Burr Ridge, Ill., Detroit) and Italy (Modena.)