New Holland has unveiled its prototype T6.140 Methane Power tractor at Agritechnica. This tractor represents a key step in achieving New Holland’s goal of Energy Independent Farming, and has entered service at the La Bellotta Farm, outside Turin, Italy.
The T6.140 Methane Power, enjoys all of the features of a standard tractor and is equipped with a four cylinder, three litre engine produced by FPT Industrial, and develops a maximum power of 135hp and 620Nm torque. The methane is generated through renewable biomass produced in the biogas plant available on the farm. Functionally, it is no different than other members of the New Holland T6 stable.
The compressed methane is stored in nine tanks. The 50kg capacity delivers approximately half a day of autonomy during normal operation, and an auxiliary 15 litre fuel tank provides a backup in case of need. These tanks have been perfectly integrated into the overall design, and the tractor maintains the same visibility and operational ground clearance as standard models. Methane propulsion technology offers numerous environmental advantages including emissions 80% lower than a standard diesel engine.
The tractor’s three-way catalyst ensures Tier 4B compliance on its own, without the need for additional after-treatment systems. When using bio-methane, the machine’s carbon impact is virtually zero, and cost savings between 25% and 40% can be achieved when compared with conventional fuels.
(Source: New Holland)