In India, a real electric tractor for work in the field — the Sonalika Tiger — has become available to farmers.

Posted by kachalo on 27 ноября, 2021 in sorghum | Short Link

The issue of electrification of agricultural machinery has long occupied the leading manufacturers of tractors and combines. JCB, Volkswagen, CASE, John Deere, MECALAC, New Holland have already submitted either projects or working prototypes in this direction. But so far, electric and hydrogen tractors have not entered the agricultural fields en masse. But things are likely to change very soon. Indian agricultural machinery manufacturer Sonalika has begun mass production of the Tiger Electric electric tractor. It was developed by Sonalika in Europe, in cooperation with European partners, who supply it with an electric drive. The innovative tractor is manufactured at Sonalika’s vertically integrated tractor plant in Hoshiarpur, Punjab.

The Sonalika Tiger Electric tractor is not only the first serial electric tractor in India for working in the field, but probably also in the world.

The Tiger Electric is powered by an eTRAC engine from ZF. Tractor power 35 HP Battery capacity 25.5 kWh, IP67 compliant with free cooling. It charges 100% from an ordinary household outlet in 10 hours. That is, at the end of the working day he put it on charge, and in the morning he is ready to work again. There is also an option for «faster» charging, which will allow you to «fill» the energy up to full in 4 hours. The maximum speed is 24.93 km / h. The operating time in the field, for which the battery power reserve is designed, is 8 hours.

As noted by Indian publications, the electric tractor is economical to use compared to traditional agricultural machines with diesel and gasoline engines. Well, we can congratulate Indian farmers on the fact that the work will become more cost-effective, since they can significantly reduce their costs for equipment, and by adding here the possibility of using solar generation, they will be able to receive almost free electricity.

Such a technique would also be useful for our Russian farmers working in the southern regions of the country. And in the central part it would have found a place and application. Another place where it could be effectively applied is municipal harvesting equipment. You all know very well how harvest tractors sometimes aimlessly «hunt» inside residential areas, writing off huge sums of money for diesel fuel and their own maintenance in a year. This will not work with an electric tractor — it consumes as much electricity as indicated by the electricity meter, maintenance work on electrical equipment is significantly, by orders of magnitude, less, and they are cheaper, and charges (ports with a socket) can easily provide any parking for special vehicles. As a result, the city budget will save money, the air in the city will become a little cleaner, and the residents of the districts will be more comfortable (they will not have to listen to the rumble of a diesel engine and breathe in its exhaust products).

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