New Holland announces production of methane-powered tractor
February 16, 2022 by Bree Rody
New Holland Agriculture North America has launched the T6 Methane Power tractor .
Michael Corman, livestock and dairy segment manager for New Holland North America, said in a statement that the launch is a “a significant step forward on the path to decarbonizing agriculture, and it is happening now, as the development of this sustainable tractor has reached its production phase.”
It is commercial available to customers beginning this 2022 season.
The T6 Methane Power’s performance is equivalent to its diesel equivalent –the same power at 180 hp, torque at 740 Nm and durability –with up to 30 per cent reduction in running costs. It can run on either biomethane or compressed natural gas (CNG).
Compared to emission limits allowed under European Stage V emission regulations, the T6 Methane Power produces 98 per cent less particulate matter. When running biomethane, it can provide a 10 to 15 per cent reduction in CO2 for a negative emission profile.
The T6 Methane Power features a new NEF 6.7-liter engine specifically developed for agricultural applications by FPT Industrial and benefits from the company’s 20+ years of experience in natural gas powertrain technology development.
The gas tanks with 49 gallons of capacity are stored in the same position as the diesel tanks on the standard T6 model. This maintains visibility from the cab with no restrictions in access. Additional options such as mid-mount valves are also available. For extended periods between fill ups, the front-mounted range extender offers an additional 71 gallons of fuel capacity with a bolted connection to a port on the front of the tractor. The tractor is also fitted with gas connection points at the front and rear, enabling additional fuel storage that could be mounted on trailers and implements.