A lunchtime charge keeps Fendt’s electric Vario tractor working through the day

Fendt marketing vice president Roland Schmidt

When it arrives on-farm, Fendt is telling farmers they can start work with its electric e107 V Vario tractor in the morning, plug it in over lunch, and then continue working for the rest of the day.

The German machinery manufacturer showed off its 2024 ‘Sustainable Tractor of the Year’ award winner at the latest Agritechnica. As farmers surveyed the compact, fully electric tractor, which is capable of producing over 60 horsepower, many asked about battery life, charging capabilities and how long it would run before it needs charging.

In this report, Fendt’s vice president of marketing, Roland Schmidt, tells RealAgriculture’s Bernard Tobin that the tractor has a battery capacity of 100 kWh, giving it an estimated power range of four to seven hours for partial load applications such as cutting and mowing.

Schmidt says when farmers break for lunch, using the company’s high-capacity recharge concept, the battery can recharge from a 20-per-cent charge level to 80 percent in 45 minutes. “So when you do your lunch, put the socket into the tractor and after lunch you can work then for the rest of the day.”

In the interview, Schmidt shares how Fendt replaced the diesel engine and fuel tanks with an electric engine and a massive battery. He also comments on plans to make the tractor commercially available in North America, likely in 2015.

RealAgriculture’s coverage of Agritechnica is brought to you by Optimum GLY, a new canola trait technology from Corteva Agriscience.

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