Farmers attending this year’s Cereals event will get their first look at New Holland’s T6.180 Methane Power tractor which was unveiled at Agritechnica.
The second generation prototype is based on a New Holland T6.180 standard tractor and features a 175hp (129kW) Nef 6 engine developed by FPT Industrial that delivers 740Nm torque.
The nine gas cylinders have a total capacity of 300 litres (52kg) compressed methane, sufficient for approximately half a day of normal tractor operations.
The second generation Methane Power T6.180 delivers significant fuel saving of 20% to 40% compared to conventional fuels.
This tractor is an important step in achieving New Holland’s goal of energy independent farming as the methane is generated through renewable biomass production. When using bio-methane, the machine’s carbon impact is virtually zero.
On environmental performance, the new machine has 80% less polluting emissions than a standard diesel tractor and is already capable of fulfilling future greenhouse gas targets, which are expected to require a 20% reduction in emissions across Europe by 2020.
The Methane Power tractor will be located at the New Holland stand and the company’s staff will be in attendance to demonstrate its skills and answer any queries.