John Deere Power Systems debuts electric drivetrain

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John Deere Power Systems debuts electric drivetrain components as JDLink subscription price falls

The JDLink Ultimate subscription has been reduced to $200
The JDLink Ultimate subscription has been reduced to $200

John Deere’s new range of power systems are designed to be durable enough for the rugged off-highway market while also giving OEM customers the flexibility they need to implement hybrid power in their equipment.

Launched at the bauma 2019 industry exhibition in Munich, the components feature compact, high speed motors that can be integrated in various John Deere pump drive and transmission solutions.

The motors are controlled by power electronics from John Deere Electronic Solutions, helping to contribute to a flexible drivetrain portfolio for the company, making them easy to implement for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) applications ranging from variable speed power generation to fully electric vehicle transmissions.

The modular electric drivetrain component designs offer power generation and traction drive solutions up to 200kW per unit.

John Deere says single-speed transmission and generator pump drive prototype opportunities are scheduled to begin by the end of this year for selected vehicle applications, with new three-speed transmission prototypes for select applications to be available by 2020.

John Deere has also released a lineup of Stage V industrial engines that compared to previous generations has delivered a lower after-treatment size and canister weight to John Deere OEM customers, depending on the engine model.

Part of this lineup is John Deere’s new 13.6L engine for industrial and generator set markets, designed to be more efficient, more flexible to install and to offer power in a more compact package.

John Deere is also expanding its non-EGR engine generator drive lineup for Stage V with the addition of the 4.5L EWS engine, which serves both the 80kVA and the 100kVA markets; and will offer a lineup of Stage V-certified engines that will comply with the EU Restriction of Hazardous Substances 2 directive for OEM applications, further helping OEMs to meet that directive.

In addition to this, John Deere Construction and Forestry is decreasing its JDLink Ultimate annual subscription price to $200from April, while the JDLink Ultimate dual subscription will be $630.

Tier pricing will be eliminated and customers can purchase up to three years of a subscription, the company says, with JDLink Ultimate Forestry to be integrated with the larger JDLink offering.

Reducing the price will give customers an affordable, streamlined data solution that boosts productivity and maximises uptime, JDLink product marketing manager Ana-Maria Mallia says.

"We want to make it even easier for our customers to stay connected, and to do so, we are reducing prices to make this solution even more affordable and consolidating our subscription structure," she says.

"Machine connectivity is key for our customers, who rely on this technology to maximise productivity and uptime."

John Deere will also eliminate Forestry Ultimate and Forestry Ultimate dual subscriptions, consolidating them with JDLink Ultimate and JDLink Ultimate dual, complete with the wireless-data-transfer and limited internet features offered existing subscription.

This change will be applied to both existing Forestry machines as well as new machine orders.

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