New Delhi: Solectrac, a subsidiary of Ideanomics, has launched the all-new e70N electric tractor, a specially designed, narrow model purpose-built for easy handling and maneuverability on vineyards and farm operations, the company announced. This announcement follows the company’s July 1, 2021 announcement that the long-time agriculture and construction industry veteran Mani Iyer has been appointed Solectrac CEO, the company said in a release.
The Solectrac e70N (Narrow) electric tractor is a 4WD, 70 HP (horsepower) vehicle designed for larger agricultural applications including farms, vineyards, and orchards. The e70N opens a bold new market of opportunities for Solectrac. With up to eight hours of operation from a single charge and the ability to extend that time via swappable battery packs, the e70N allows operators to work more efficiently. The electric tractor sports a narrow 54-inch width, and Level 2 charging via 220 VAC or a solar array, the release said.
“The e70N is yet another innovative electric tractor breakthrough from Solectrac, this time focused on commercial-level, heavy-duty farm and vineyard operations,” CEO Mani Iyer said.
He added that this category of zero-emission electric tractors is in high demand as many farmers look to cut emissions and reduce noise pollution, but still require larger, more powerful vehicles with easy maneuverability. The e70N, with swappable battery pack technology, was designed to meet the needs of these customers. The unique and multi-faceted new model will position Solectrac to gain market share and compete very favorably with medium- and heavy-duty tractors in both agriculture and commercial tractor segments.
Solectrac manufactured and delivered e70N electric tractors to three local farms and vineyards in California on June 29-30, 2021, including The Mushroom Farm in Pescadero, Arroyo Lindo Vineyard in Windsor, and Old School Vineyard in Napa.
The delivery of these tractors was supported by a grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Funding Agriculture Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions Demonstration Program (FARMER) which provides incentives to reduce agriculture sector air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions.
Solectrac provides zero-emission electric tractor models for applications that span the spectrum of small hobby farms and special utility operations to larger-scale, commercial-level vineyards and farms. Customer deliveries are happening every month, with new orders expected to be delivered in Spring 2022, the release said.