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Coming soon: High-voltage tractors

Electric drives are on their way to becoming standard in farm equipment.


Electric farm tractors are closer than we think. This week the Agriculture Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF) issued a news release stating it has established the “New High Voltage Project Group” aimed at standardizing a tractor interface that would provide electric power to farm implements.  

Major equipment manufacturers like AGCO, John Deere, and New Holland have talked about this concept for years as a way to reduce fuel costs, pollution and our dependence on fossil fuels. They have gone as far as showcasing prototypes of tractors and self-propelled sprayers that are partially driven by electric motors—see,, and With the news of a standard being developed on the topic, we can only assume the farm machinery industry is headed toward an age of electric power.

Project leader Harald Dietel of Sensor-Technik Wiedemann GmbH was quoted as saying:

“Using the control abilities of the electric motors opens the world of decentralized motors to overcome the limitations of mechanical and hydraulic solutions matching the requirements of a new generation of implements with substantial advantages.”

Stay tuned for more information on this developing topic at

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