New Holland Agriculture has introduced a new electric utility tractor with autonomous features. The T4 Electric Power is designed as a solution for lower-horsepower field operations, such as mixed farm, hay and forage, dairy, livestock, municipality, greenhouse and specialty crops (vegetable and orchard).
The T4 Electric Power, which was designed by CNH Industrial, features a 110 kWh (maximum) battery pack, and provides 74 hp (55 kW) rated power and 65 hp (48 kW) PTO power. It offers 4-wheel drive, a 12×12 transmission, clutch-less electronic power shuttle reverser, and all the power outputs you’d expect to find on a legacy diesel utility tractor. This includes rear electro-hydraulic PTO, drawbar, multiple rear remotes, mid-mount valves and a 725LU mechanical self-leveling front loader with an included 84-inch bucket. Both 110 V and 220 V outlets provide energy for electric power tools.
New Holland explains that, thanks to the electrified drivetrain’s high torque and fast response even at low speeds, “even an inexperienced operator can run the implements during the applications without the need for precise gear selection and throttle control. Meanwhile, experienced operators will have infinite speed adjustments just by controlling motor RPM. Smooth and gradual delivery of power at low speeds and constant delivery at high speeds increase control and precision during field operations.”
“This tractor is a significant step forward for growers, producers and municipalities. The T4 Electric Power addresses a number of challenges they are facing every day on their operations,” says Lena Bioni, Product Marketing Manager for New Holland Agriculture North America. “The T4 Electric Power’s quiet electric motor is definitely a big advantage and important tool in noise-sensitive areas, for example, operating within equestrian barns or on college campuses running mowers and plowing snow alongside dorms.”
New Holland estimates that the T4 can provide between 4 and 8 hours of runtime on a charge, depending on the energy demands of particular applications. The tractor supports both Level 2 and DC fast charging.
The tractor uses cameras and sensors in the Smart Roof to enable a range of autonomy features. Driver-assisted features include Follow Me Mode, the Invisible Bucket and 360 Degree Awareness.
The T4 Electric Power tractor is expected to be commercially available in North America at select dealers in early 2024.
Source: New Holland