Talking New Holland alternative fuel tractor strategy with Oscar Baroncelli


New Holland is taking alternative fuel technology further up the power scale with the debut of its new T7.270 Methane Power CNG (compressed natural gas) tractor.

Agritechnica visitors had the first opportunity to view the tractor at the innovation showcase in Hanover, Germany. The new tractor actually features the NEF 6.7-litre methane-fueled engine currently used in New Holland’s  T6.180 methane-powered tractor, but modifications have increased output to match the capabilities and performance expected from a T7 model tractor.  The engine’s peak torque is 1,160, and it produces a maximum 270 hp under all conditions.

In this report, Oscar Baroncelli, New Holland Agriculture’s head of tractors, and RealAgriculture’s Bernard Tobin dig into New Holland’s growing commitment to alternative fuel technology and its sustainability strategy.

Baroncelli says New Holland now has the widest sustainable tractor product portfolio in the world. For a relatively low power application (100 hp and below), the company has launched its battery powered T4 Electric Power tractor, which can deliver 75 hp.

Moving up the power scale, the New Holland strategy will rely on methane, notes Baroncelli. The methane-powered T6.180 tractor hit the North American market in 2023. That 180 hp machine is now followed by the T7.270 and its 270 hp.

Baroncelli says the T7.270’s greater power and productivity is made possible by design efforts to make full use of the T7’s larger chassis to maximize on-board gas storage. With 1,265 litres on board, the new methane tractor holds 178 per cent more fuel than the T6 model. The result is a tractor that’s more powerful and capable of working with bigger implements as well as running longer hours between refuelling stops. See the video below.

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