John Deere, arguably the largest manufacturer of agricultural machinery in the world, is creatively plowing farming into the future. By using electrification, artificial intelligence and automation, and autonomy, it developed a zero-emission, electric compact utility tractor based on the John Deere 1R Series.
Nixing the common misconception that electrification is all about batteries as a power source, John Deere is using “electrical drives to replace engines and hydraulics.” The company points out that electric motors have huge torque at low speeds, and are therefore more efficient, reliable and lighter.
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A stand-out feature of this compact electric beast is its high PTO power. This means that with one battery charge lasting 4.5 hours, more than 10,000 m² of lawn can be mowed. Another attractive feature of its high performance is that customers reportedly benefit from very low maintenance costs.
This autonomous electric tractor with integrated attachment has a total output of 500 kW and can be equipped with either wheels or tracks.