The same batteries that power electric cars could be used to move crops, as Convey-All debuted a prototype battery-powered conveyor at the 2022 Ag in Motion farm show.
The “Volt” conveyor features 36 batteries and output equivalent to 30 horsepower, explains Gerald Unrau, product manager with Convey-All/Meridian Manufacturing, in the interview below.
Under full load, he says the batteries should last around 2.5 hours.
“So you should be able to fill 10 to 12 trucks before you need to put it onto a charge.”
On 220 volt power, it takes six to eight hours to charge the conveyor’s battery pack, while a complete charge on 110 volt power outlet would take around 12 hours, says Unrau.
While the price point — which has yet to be determined — will be higher than a comparable gas-powered unit, the battery-powered conveyer will have no direct emissions and is much quieter, he notes.
The Volt will be available for sale in 2023.
“The whole idea is it is a system where if there is a market for it, we can definitely put it on some of our other products, augers, seed tenders, or those kinds of opportunities,” says Unrau.