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    Default Electric Tractors

    With the onset of electric cars, when do you think electric tractors will be in barns and shops everywhere?

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    Default Re: Electric Tractors

    GE made the ElecTrak years ago. Just saw one on CL a few months ago.

    Electric Tractor - GE Elec-Trak E15

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    Default Re: Electric Tractors

    There is alot of info about small electric vehicles. I also found the site about GE tractors. I have a frame and a 24 VDC motor from a floor sweeper but the assembly is way down on the wish list.
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    Default Re: Electric Tractors

    For full sized ag tractors i think it will be awhile. It is going to take a ton of batteries to be able to go out and work ground from sun up until sun down.

    I think the closest they may come in the near future would be diesel/electric. Like a train. Big electric traction motors, and a diesel generator providing power. And that doesn't even provide much advantage over just straight diesel.
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    Default Re: Electric Tractors

    I also don't think we'll see anything in the AG range for some time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Argosy View Post
    GE made the ElecTrak years ago. Just saw one on CL a few months ago.

    Electric Tractor - GE Elec-Trak E15
    I also just noticed one on CL

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    Diesel electric could be soon.
    CAT has this set up in a D7E. A contractor I work around demo'd one. The operator felt it had more "push" than the traditional 7, but it weighs about 10%more. Used about 1/3 of the fuel, the main benefit.
    Downfall, upfront cost and seemed to have several bugs that still needed to be worked out.

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    Default Re: Electric Tractors

    Years..years ago Wheel Horse offer electric garden tractor,it was heavy costly and short life span..hope tomorrows electric tractor works better when temp well below 32F.

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    Default Re: Electric Tractors

    Ransomes (which purchased Cushman and was later bought by Jacobsen) had an electric greens mower for golf courses over 10 years ago. It was a ride-on tri-plex reel mower. It was very analog and easy to repair. It was 48 volts and would mow 18 greens or more between charges. The golf courses liked them because they could start mowing earlier because it was nearly silent, fewer complaints from nearby homeowners.

    I think we will see hybrid type powertrains before we see full electric in Ag or Construction type equipment. I could be wrong, considering the advances that Tesla has made in battery technology.

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    Default Re: Electric Tractors

    Large mining equipment has been diesel electric for decades. All of the large mining haul trucks have diesel electric power (diesel generator, electric drive motors at each wheel) with the exception of Caterpillar which still uses a planetary gearbox and a torque converter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nspec View Post
    Large mining equipment has been diesel electric for decades. All of the large mining haul trucks have diesel electric power (diesel generator, electric drive motors at each wheel) with the exception of Caterpillar which still uses a planetary gearbox and a torque converter.
    likewise with rail locomotives...a lot of folks don't realze that "diesel" train engines (locomotives) are really just big generators that power electric motors that drive the wheels...
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