New Holland Agriculture presents its high-tech vision for the sustainable future of farming at the Obihiro International Agricultural Machinery Show
• NHDrive autonomous tractor concept
• SmartTrax™ alternative to wheels offered on T8 Series tractors
New Holland Agriculture has provided a glimpse of the future by showing its methane-powered concept tractor and NHDrive autonomous tractor technology for the first time at the International Agricultural Machinery Show in Obihiro, Japan. New Holland also chose the show, which runs from July 12th to 16th, to unveil its all-new SmartTrax system, a state-of-the-art alternative to conventional wheels.
New Holland’s SmartTrax system is being offered on the top three models in the T8 tractor range. SmartTrax provides the manoeuvrability and flexibility of a wheeled tractor with even weight distribution, reduced ground pressure and soil compaction, and improved traction on wet or soft ground.
The methane-powered concept tractor is centre-stage at the New Holland stand in Obihiro. Its reimagined design previews a future in which farms are entirely energy-independent, not only producing food but also biomass to generate the energy needed to run their tractors and other machinery. The Concept Tractor shows how New Holland’s advanced technology puts a self-sufficient future within reach today.
New Holland has been pushing the boundaries of innovation in clean energy solutions for more than a decade through its Clean Energy Leader strategy. It was the first manufacturer to offer 100% compatibility with Biodiesel back in 2006. In 2009 New Holland developed the world’s first hydrogen tractor concept, NH2™, proving the feasibility of this zero-emission technology for the future. This was a key element of the brand’s Energy Independent Farm™ concept, launched at the same time.
The new methane-powered Concept Tractor builds on the foundations of the previous T6 Methane Power prototypes to achieve a significant technological advance. It features a powertrain that uses a groundbreaking efficient combustion technology specifically developed for agriculture applications by FPT Industrial, a brand of CNH Industrial, that has pioneered natural gas traction for more than 20 years. The 6-cylinder NEF methane engine delivers 180 hp and 740 Nm: the same power and torque as its standard diesel equivalent. It has the same durability and service intervals, and generates up to 30% running cost savings. The innovative tank design, using a composite layered tubular structure, enables a full day’s autonomy in line with an equivalent diesel model.
In real field conditions, the methane-powered concept tractor produces at least 10% lower CO2 emissions and reduces overall emissions by 80% compared to a standard diesel tractor. Its environmental performance further improves when fuelled by biomethane produced from crop residues and waste from farm-grown energy crops, which results in virtually zero CO2 emissions.
The methane-powered concept tractor forms a vital link in the virtuous cycle that delivers CO2 neutral production, where the Energy Independent Farm™ produces the energy it needs to power its operations, heat farm buildings, and run its equipment. Biomethane as a sustainable fuel is particularly well-suited to farms, as they have the raw materials and the space to house a biodigester to produce the gas.
CNH Industrial’s design team reimagined tractor styling, taking inspiration from automotive design, to create a fully integrated body look while accentuating iconic New Holland style elements such as the aggressive hood air intake gills and lights.
The wrap-around bodywork is a perfect illustration of a fully integrated design approach with the hood, front and rear fenders, and the fuel tank creating a flowing, stylish look. Wrap-around glazing provides 360-degree visibility, with a 20% increase in the glazed area compared to a standard tractor. The floating glass domed roof with fully integrated Precision Land Management receiver provides a completely panoramic design – an agricultural first – and offers an unobstructed view of the loader at all times, facilitating operations from loading digestate to feeding cattle.
Established presence in the market and longtime partnership with New Holland HFT Japan
New Holland is the historical market leader in high-horsepower tractors (above 100 hp) and balers and has been present in Japan since the first Ford tractors arrived in the country in 1952. Since 1970, New Holland has operated in Japan through a commercial joint venture, New Holland HFT Japan, Inc. Today this joint venture offers New Holland tractors, combine harvesters and hay and forage equipment, and supports customers with a network of 54 field stores.
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