New Holland methane-powered tractor to hit EU markets

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New Holland's methane-powered T6 tractor is set to hit European markets in first half of 2021, before a broader global expansion

The New Holland T6 methane-powered tractor
Methane-powered tractor to enter New Holland range in 2021

New Holland Agriculture is set to embark on its new sustainable era with their new methane-powered T6 tractor imminently ready for public sale.

The T6, first presented at Agritechnica show in 2019, has reached its final stages of field testing and will become commercially available in Europe later this year.

The new model will become the world’s first 100 per cent methane-powered production tractor and provides farmers the opportunity to make use of agricultural and animal waste to generate the bio-methane required to run the tractor.

However, the benefits of using New Holland’s T6 methane tractor aren’t restricted to farm wastage.

New Holland claims the T6 produces 99 per cent less particulate matter in the air; in turn, reducing CO2 emissions by ten per cent and overall emissions by 80 per cent when using bio-methane near-zero CO2 emissions while still offering the same power levels as its diesel equivalents.

Similarly, running costs for farmers will also decrease by 30 per cent compared to standard New Holland diesel machines.

New Holland brand president Carlo Lambro says the T6 methane-powered tractor is beneficial for both farmers and the environment given its ability to make farming CO2-netural.

"We have pioneered sustainable, innovative solutions for some 14 years," Lambro says. "We developed the Energy-Independent Farm model, showing how a closed-loop between agricultural production and energy generation can make farming CO2-neutral, or even carbon negative – with significant benefits for our customers.

"This year we are taking a further step into turning this into a reality, as our methane-powered tractor enters the New Holland range."

The new T6 is New Holland’s latest innovation in the renewable energy space, which has become a staple for the manufacturer within the industry.

Since New Holland formalised their Clean Energy Leader strategy in 2006, the company has consciously focused on becoming an industry leader in sustainable farming.

The T6 will be delivered to select customers in European markets including Germany, France and the Benelux in the first half of 2021 before entering the New Holland range where it will be commercially available across the world.

New Holland has also announced two new partnerships to explore further sustainable innovations within the industry as well.

The first strategy, New Holland will collaborate with Italian wine producer Fontanafredda, intending to make advancements to the decarbonisation of the grape-growing chain. To do so, New Holland will use a new bio-methane tractor, derived from a standard TK model, with the aim of achieve the world’s first carbon-free wine production operation.

New Holland has developed with Italian implements producer Nobili an innovative concept for the electrification of implements for vineyards and orchards

The second strategy will see New Holland has teamed with Italian implements producer Nobili to develop an innovative concept for the electrification of implements for vineyards and orchards.

The innovations has been labelled as ground breaking and will see the New Holland T4.110V combine with an e-Source external generator, which will be driven by the tractor’s power take off (PTO) and in-turn will power New Holland’s new e-sprayer and e-mulcher products.

The technology was recognised with the Technical Innovation 2020/21 Award at EIMA International and is compliant with AEF high voltage guidelines.

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