Multi Tool Trac elec­tric trac­tor

The wold’s first trac­tor with an elec­tric pow­er­train has been de­vel­oped in The Nether­lands

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Dutch com­pany Boessenkool is in the process of test­ing what it says is the world’s first hy­brid trac­tor.

The Multi Tool Trac has a com­pletely elec­tric pow­er­train, a track width that can be ad­justed be­tween 3.2m and 2.2m while driv­ing, and five po­si­tions for tools and at­tach­ments.

It has been de­signed this way so that it can be driven on roads at its min­i­mum track width, and at its max­i­mum on the land.

There is an elec­tric mo­tor for each wheel ca­pa­ble of putting out 59hp (44kW), and the com­bined out­put of these is 236hp (176kW).

While it pri­mar­ily uses elec­tric tech­nol­ogy pow­ered by a 30kWh bat­tery, it also has a six-cylin­der,

210hp (157kW) diesel en­gine with an ef­fi­cient high­speed gen­er­a­tor as a range ex­ten­der.

It in­cor­po­rates a Con­trolled Traf­fic Farm­ing (CTF) sys­tem to re­duce the amount of soil com­paction caused by most large trac­tors.

The trac­tor also has a long 5.5m wheel­base to help fit more equip­ment be­tween the front and rear wheels, and also helps give the driver bet­ter vis­i­bil­ity of the crops be­low.

Other fea­tures in­clude an ad­justable cabin that can be moved over the whole length of the frame, three po­si­tions for hitch and PTO, and a five-tonne load­ing ca­pac­ity.

The first pro­to­type Multi Tool Trac was built in 2015 and the sec­ond pro­to­type is be­ing tested now.

The fi­nal de­sign will be set­tled on in the next rear or two, and Boessenkool plans to have the Multi Tool Tracs on the mar­ket by 2019.

Dutch man­u­fac­turer Boessenkool is in the process of test­ing its Multi Tool Trac hy­brid trac­tor

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