The first fully electric, driver-optional tractors are coming off the Monarch Tractor’s Founder Series production line at its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Livermore, California. The first six units have been purchased by Constellation Brands, a producer of wine, spirits and beer.
The rollout comes less than two years since Monarch Tractor unveiled its tractor that combines electrification, automation, and data analysis.
Constellation Brands, a global premium, fine wine and craft spirits producer and largest beer importer in the US, has partnered with Monarch as its first customer, through its purchase of the first six Founder Series MK-V driver-optional tractors.
The delivery of MK-V tractors to Constellation Brands will be followed by additional customer shipments to family farms and other large multinational corporations.
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The MK-V is 100 percent electric and has zero tailpipe emissions. It also serves as a 3-in-1 electrification tool, operating as a tractor or utility vehicle during operation, as well as a powerful electric generator in the field.
Monarch utilizes the latest autonomous and robotics hardware and software technology, including the NVIDIA Jetson edge AI platform, to provide driver-assist and driver-optional operations. The Monarch MK-V can perform pre-programmed tasks without a driver, or an operator can use the Monarch interactive automation features including Shadow mode to have the Monarch Tractor follow a worker on the job.
The MK-V is equipped with safety features including rollover and collision prevention, vision-based Power Take Off (PTO) safety, and 360° cameras.
The MK-V collects and analyses crop data daily and can process data from current and next-generation implements equipped with sensors and imaging. This data can be used for real-time implement adjustments, long-term yield estimates, current growth stages and other plant/crop health metrics.
Through a smartphone or personal device, MK-V users receive tractor status alerts, detailed operations reports, and data collection, analysis, and storage for more efficient farm planning.
The Monarch electric drivetrain is capable of providing 40HP (30KW) of continuous power and short duration peak power up to 75HP (55KW).