Meth­ane power ride

New Hol­land moves away from diesel with al­ter­na­tive fu­els for farm­ers

The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT - SCOTT COL­LIE

NEW Hol­land is no stranger to al­ter­na­tive fu­els and tech­nol­ogy in its trac­tors, hav­ing dab­bled with hy­dro­gen and au­tonomous bat­tery-pow­ered mod­els in the past.

In an­other at­tempt to move away from diesel, the agri­cul­tural gi­ant has just un­veiled the T6.180 Meth­ane Power. Much like its pre­de­ces­sor, the T6.140 Meth­ane Power, the lat­est New Hol­land trac­tor is just a pro­to­type, de­signed to raise aware­ness about the po­ten­tial of al­ter­na­tive fuel for farm­ers. At the mo­ment, that ve­hi­cle is tour­ing farms in Brazil, where the com­pany is sub­ject­ing it to a set of tests ex­plor­ing how ef­fec­tive biomethane could be com­pared to diesel.

The new T6.180, which is now on dis­play at the Sima Agribusi­ness show in Paris, is fit­ted with a com­pressed-me-than-e-pow­ered NEF6 en­gine. Fuel is stored in nine in­te­grated tanks, giv­ing the trac­tor iden­ti­cal ground clear­ance to a reg­u­lar diesel mode. The 52 kg to­tal ca­pac­ity al­lows for about half a day of work with­out a fill-up.

Com­pared to a con­ven­tional diesel trac­tor, New Hol­land says its meth­ane mod­els can save up to 25% on fuel costs alone, all the while emit­ting 80% less CO².

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, it al­ready meets the emis­sions stan­dards ex­pected to hit Europe in 2020. For even greater emis­sions cuts, the trac­tor can even be pow­ered us­ing biomethane pro­duced on site.

“The T6 Meth­ane Power trac­tor is one of the cor­ner­stones of our Clean En­ergy Leader strat­egy, which we launched 10 years ago to in­crease farm­ing ef­fi­ciency and sus­tain­abil­ity,” said Carlo Lam­bro, brand pres­i­dent.

“Today we see meth­ane and propane as the fu­els with the greatest po­ten­tial for the devel­op­ment of tech­nolo­gies that de­liver on all fronts: per­for­mance, costs and sus­tain­abil­ity.”

PHOTO: NEW HOL­LAND

The nine meth­ane tanks on the New Hol­land T6 hold enough fuel for half a day’s work.

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