Fendt e100 Vario is first practical battery powered tractor

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The Fendt e100 Vario is the first practical, battery-powered tractor that can be used in normal operation for a full working day without the need to recharge.

The new e100 is a practical, all-electric compact tractor with a 67hp power output, which can operate for up to five hours under actual operating conditions. The energy source is a 650-volt high-capacity lithium-ion battery with a capacity of about 100kWh. The battery is charged either with 400 volts and up to 22kW via a standard CEE outdoor socket, or by a supercharging option with direct voltage. With a standard CCS type 2 plug, the battery can be recharged up to 80 per cent in just 40 minutes. In addition, energy can be recovered thanks to the use of an electric motor.

The Fendt e100 Vario allows the use of conventional as well as electrified implements. The electric tractor is fitted with two AEF-compliant power interfaces for electrical equipment. A short-term boost of up to 150kW for the implements can be provided by the battery.

The e100 Vario can operate traditional PTO implements or those powered by electricity.

A standard PTO connection is also available, as well as the normal hydraulic supply to implements. Therefore, the Fendt e100 Vario can be used with existing equipment with no additional caveats, but is also equipped to reap the benefits of using electrical implements.

The maximum torque for the ground drive and PTO drive is supplied from a standing start. Safety is guaranteed by an insulated design and continuous, electronic system monitoring.

The efficiency of the battery-powered tractor is increased by a completely new, energy-efficient type of thermal management. A regulated, electrical heat pump performs the task of air conditioning the cab as well as the battery and electronics. Energy management, including the tractor’s battery information, can be monitored via smartphone. In addition, comfort functions, such as pre-heating in winter or air conditioning in summer, can be easily controlled in advance when connected to the mains supply.

A limited number of the new tractors will be in use on farms and with local authorities in 2018.

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