New Holland Shows Methane Powered Tractor

Methane Powers Tractor

New Holland Methane Powered T6 180 Tractor (Greg Lamp)

New Holland methane-powered T6 180 tractor has been in development since 2006 and rolls off the assembly line this year. "Nitrogen oxides and particulate matter are significantly reduced on this tractor than on a Tier V, as much as 60% lower," says Mark Howell, New Holland global product manager.

The 2021 International Exposition of Machinery for Agriculture and Gardening show (EIMA) in Bologna, Italy, is the first public showing of the T6 methane tractor, Howell says, and a big benefit is that a farmer who raises hogs or dairy cattle can make his own fuel. "You can become an energy independent farm and produce methane from animal waste -- and be carbon neutral."

CNG (compressed natural gas, predominantly methane) is made by compressing natural gas down to less than 1% of its volume. CNG is considered safer than diesel because it's nontoxic and doesn't contaminate groundwater, and it's currently available in the U.S.

With the same level of power as its diesel equivalent, New Holland says you can benefit from 30% lower running costs, as well, and not have to use DEF (diesel exhaust fluid).

Fuel tanks mounted under the tractor are filled using a connector port located near the steps. Additional tanks can be added on the front and/or rear of the tractor. The T6 180 tractor will be available in Europe by the end of 2021.


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