Escorts unveils India's first electric tractor concept - The Financial Express

Escorts unveils India’s first electric tractor concept

Heavy equipment stands to gain the most from the shift to electric, and Escorts has unveiled a new range of tractors both electric and hydrostatic

By: | Updated: September 6, 2017 3:56 PM

Tractor manufacturer Escorts have unveiled its first electric tractor concept and hydrostatic Tractor concept and is calling this new platform as 'Exclusive 2017' on which the future Escort farming and construction equipment will be based on. Escorts says it has invested about 20-30 crore on this new range. This new platform will help the company to expand its product portfolio for both domestic and export markets. It will cater to 22 HP to 90 HP range under the company's flagship brands Farmtrac & Powertrac that's compliant with tier 4 emission norms of Europe and America amidst 43 International distributors.Escort flagship series are known as the New Escort Tractor Series (NETS) includes higher horsepower tractors (70-90 HP) and compact tractors within 22-90 HP of range, cross tractors for both paddy and haulage applications. Along with the Indian market, this series is also sold in international markets like USA, Europe, Latin America and ASEAN markets.

Talking at the launch, Nikhil Nanda, MD, Escorts Ltd said "Escorts is extremely proud to launch electric tractor concept displaying our frugal engineering to offer India's best to the world. NETS launched today will create all together a new user experience in comfort and precision farming globally".

Ranjan Nanda, Chairman, Escorts Ltd added saying " Escorts is on a transformational journey of developing new products for global markets and offer quality products with specifications that would be competitive and attractive to buyers."

The electric tractor concept showcased has been developed in house by the company and the company is confident that its researchers will make this concept to production soon. The company is still evaluating its driving range and torque output.Escorts says its electric tractor will reduce the farmer's operation costs by over 50%, however, the challenge is to have a decent infrastructure before implementing electrification. The company is confident that government's recent push to promote electric vehicles will help the overall implementation even in the farming and construction equipment business.

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