John Deere Debuts Electric High-Power Tractor Prototype

John Deere's SESAM electric tractor (courtesy SIMA)

John Deere has unveiled its first electric high-power tractor ahead of the upcoming SIMA agriculture show in France.

Built on the chassis of Deere’s 6R tractors, the SESAM (Sustainable Energy Supply for Agricultural Machinery) prototype features a set of 130kW lithium-ion batteries which power two independent 150 kW electric motors, producing the equivalent of roughly 400 horsepower.

The company says a full battery charge lasts for about four hours of normal use and require three hours of charging time. The lifespan of the battery is approximately 3100 charge cycles.

When stationary, there’s no energy loss, and it produces no emissions while operating, notes Deere, referring to the SESAM tractor as “a key element of John Deere’s vision of the farm of the future, energy-autonomous.”

The SESAM tractor received a “special mention” in the 2017 SIMA Innovation Awards. The show runs February 26 to March 2, 2017 in Paris.

John Deere France released this promo video of the electric tractor:

Related: Case IH Unveils Autonomous Concept Tractor

 

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