100% electric tractor from Fendt runs for ‘5 continuous hours’
The Fendt e100 Vario is the first practical, battery-powered tractor that can be used in most day-to-day yard operations without having to be recharged multiple times each day, or so claims the German manufacturer.
The e100 Vario is an all-electric compact tractor with a power output of 50kW (circa 67hp). It can apparently operate for up to five continuous hours under “real, actual” conditions.
The energy source is a 650V lithium-ion battery with a capacity of around 100kWh.
Fendt says that its e100 Vario is compatible with conventional as well as electrified implements. The tractor is fitted with two AEF-compliant power interfaces for electrical equipment. A short-term boost of up to 150kW for such implements can be provided by the battery.
A standard PTO connection is also available, as well as the usual hydraulic supply (via remote spool valves) to implements.
“Precise control” of electrically-powered implements (which exist but are, as yet, relatively rare) is promised – thanks to the tractor’s own electrical drive system. The maximum torque for the PTO, for example, is available from a standing start. Safety, according to Fendt, is “assured” by an insulated design and ongoing electronic system monitoring.
A regulated, electrical heat pump performs the task of air conditioning the cab, as well as controlling the temperature of the battery and electronics.
Energy management, including the tractor’s battery information, can be monitored via a smartphone. Functions such as pre-heating in winter or air conditioning in summer can be controlled in advance, when the tractor is connected to the mains supply.
The e100 Vario will be out and about around Europe in 2018 in limited numbers, initially on farms and in local authorities.