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CAN (ON): Grower trades diesel tractor for electric

An Uxbridge, Ont. producer is pleased with his decision to purchase an electric tractor.

Tony Neale, owner of Wheelbarrow Farm, a 10-acre fruit, vegetable and flower operation, has used one of Solectrac’s 10 eUtility tractor prototypes since August.

Once commercially available, the electric tractors will retail for about C$54,000 (US$40,000). They have power equivalent to that of a 40 hp diesel tractor, can run for up to eight hours on a single charge and can pull implements with up to 540 PTO.

Under the hood, a small computer manages the battery. The tractor has no radiator, oil or other components found on a traditional diesel tractor.

Read more at Farms.com (Diego Flammini)


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