Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday launched India’s first-ever diesel tractor, converted to a much cleaner (compressed natural gas) CNG variant. With this, farmers will be able to save more than ₹1 trillion annually on fuel costs, which will help them to improve their livelihood, the Union minister said.
Gadkari has been trying to promote clean fuel for transportation as well as other alternatives such as electric mobility as one of its ways to reduce pollution and cut fuel import bill.
The union road transport and highways ministry has proposed the adoption of E20 fuel—blend of 20% of ethanol with gasoline–as automobile fuel, in its attempt to reduce harmful emissions from vehicles.
Currently, around 12 million vehicles are already powered by natural gas throughout the world and more companies and municipalities adopting this cleaner fuel, the minister said.
Hot on the heels of the launch of a launch of the first CNG Tractor in the country, Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari today announced that in the month of March, he will launch an all-new electric tractor in the country.
Speaking at the launch of the ‘Go Electric’ Campaign, Gadkari said that “I’ll be launching an electric tractor in the next 15 days.” While he didn’t give any indication about what the new tractor will be like or its make, we wait to get further updates on this.
It was in December 2020, that Sonalika Tractors launched the first all-electric tractor in the country – the Tiger. The tractor has been designed in Europe and developed in-house.
About the Tiger Electric Tractor
The Tiger Electric is powered by a state-of-the-art IP67 compliant 25.5 kW natural cooling compact battery and the company states that it constitutes one-fourth of the running costs when compared to the traditionally used diesel.
The Tiger Electric tractor can be fully charged using a regular home charging point in 10 hours. The German design motor ensures 100 percent torque availability at all times. The company has launched the tractor at an introductory price of ₹ 5.99 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Tiger Electric offers a top speed of 24.93 kmph and a battery backup of 8 hours while operating with a 2-tonne trolley. As an option, the company is also offering a fast-charging system with which Tiger Electric could be charged in just 4 hours.
While Gadkari did not specify the make of the all-electric tractor, we wait to know more about it ahead of its launch