The young German company Tadus has developed a new electric tractor. The tractor is equipped with a 130 kWh lithium-ion battery. The tractor has a nominal power output of 110 hp, with peak performance reaching 160 hp. Its weight is 5 tons. Two electric motors drive the axles, allowing it to reach a maximum speed of 40 km/h. It comes with a continuously variable power take-off (PTO), and a front PTO is optional. Tadus is also working on hybrid solutions, such as electric and fuel cell technologies.
The tractor can be charged through a 400 Volt three-phase connection or a fast charging station. The battery is expected to be large enough to mow for four hours or rake for six hours continuously. Regenerative braking generates power that is returned to the battery. It’s also designed for quick battery swaps, so you can finish a long workday with a fully charged battery. When not in use, the battery can function as a buffer storage, enabling activities like milking with solar-generated power when the sun is not shining.
The price for a Tadus electric tractor has not been determined yet, but it is likely to be more expensive than a standard diesel tractor. According to Tadus, the tractor is expected to pay for itself more quickly due to lower operating costs, with a projected payback period of two to four years. The tractor will be on display at Agritechnica in Hannover.