World's first fully-electric tractor is here
First Published Dec 12, 2020, 5:27 PM IST
Monarch Tractor has introduced the world's first fully-electric, driver optional, smart tractor integrated on a single platform. The company claims to have already secured several hundred working farms as preliminary customers.
Praveen Penmetsa, co-founder & CEO of Monarch Tractor, said: "Monarch Tractor is ushering in the digital transformation of farming with unprecedented intelligence, technology and safety features."
"We have assembled a world-class team of farmers, engineers, and scientists to meet today’s farming demands and are empowering farmers by giving them intelligent tools to collect more predictive data to implement sustainable practices, better share their story and make more money."
"Hundreds of farmers have signed on to receive a Monarch Tractor and we look forward to delivering a new level of sustainability and efficiency to their existing farm operations."
The Monarch Tractor is 100 percent electric and has zero tailpipe emissions.
The tractor's electric drivetrain is capable of providing 30KW of continuous power and short duration peak power up to 55KW.
It also serves as a 3-in-1 electrification tool operating not only as a tractor, but with extra storage acts as an ATV, and has the capabilities to perform as a powerful generator in the field.
Having incorporated the latest autonomous hardware and software technology, the Monarch Tractor can operate with or without a driver.
Interactive automation features include Gesture and Shadow modes to have the tractor follow a worker on the job.
Monarch Tractor is packed with safety features.
These include roll and collision prevention, vision-based Power Take Off safety and 360 Degree cameras to keep operations running smoothly and employees safe, day or night.
Monarch claims that users can receive tractor alerts, updates on current micro-weather conditions, detailed operations reports, data collection, analysis, and storage for more efficient farm planning via a smartphone or personal device.
The company also claims that the tractor collects and analyzes over 240GB of crop data every day it operates in the field. It can work with farmers’ current implements as well as the next generation of smart implements.
Monarch Tractor has a starting price of $50,000 (Rs 36.8 lakh). Shipping will commence in around September 2021.
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