Dec 9, 2021
EV tractor, fridge truck among World Ag Expo’s top 10
Stephen Kloosterman

An all-electric tractor and an all-electric refrigerated cargo truck were among the top 10 new products recognized by the World Ag Expo in advance of its annual event in Tulare, California.

The Solectrac e70N battery-powered electric tractor is the equivalent to a 70HP diesel tractor, without the emissions but with all of the power needed on farms and in vineyards and is a specially-designed narrow tractor to fit between narrow rows of vines, according to a news release from the company. The tractor has a four-wheel drive, and its electric motor provides instant torque with only one moving part vs. the roughly 300 in a diesel engine, reducing maintenance needs. The e70N offers 4-8 hours of operation from a single charge, depending on load, and the ability to extend that time with exchangeable battery packs.

Also recognized in the top 10 was an all-electric Class 8 refrigerated truck from Hummingbird EV. The Class 8 trucks “handle the movement of ag goods from farm to warehouse, warehouse to packing centers, packing centers to cold storage, cold storage to retail warehouses, and from retail warehouses to consumers – with ZERO emissions,” according to the World Ag Expo website.

Mani Iyer, CEO of Solectrac, said the company was honored to receive the award.

Solectrac, an Ideanomics Company, Named a Top-10 Product Winner at 2022 World Ag Expo (PRNewsfoto/Solectrac)
Solectrac, an Ideanomics Company, Named a Top-10 Product Winner at 2022 World Ag Expo (PRNewsfoto/Solectrac)

“We are committed to providing an opportunity for farmers around the world to power their tractors by using the sun, wind, and other clean renewable sources of energy,” he said in a news release. “Solectrac offers independence from the pollution, infrastructure, and price volatility associated with fossil fuels, and this prestigious award enhances our industry-leading commitment to that goal.”

Solectrac tractors are assembled in Santa Rosa, Calif. and the company is B Corp certified. Solectrac is a subsidiary of Ideanomics. The e70N tractor was also recently honored with the WINnovation Award at this year’s WIN Expo 2021.

The Top-10 New Products Competition is conducted annually by the International Agri-Center in conjunction with World Ag Expo, the largest agricultural trade show in the world. Judges include farmers, ranchers, and industry professionals, who look at dozens of cutting-edge products and recognize only 10 that represent the best in the industry, helping farmers save money and resources.

World Ag Expo is held at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, Calif. from Feb. 8-10, 2022, and draws more than 1,400 exhibitors with an estimated 100,000 visitors from more than 70 countries.

At the show, attendees will get an opportunity to view the award-winning Solectrac e70N and other electric tractor models in-action at demo space #2. The Class 8 refrigerated truck from Hummingbird EV will be located at event spaces SS103 and SS105.

Stephen Kloosterman is the managing editor of Organic Grower.

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