Methane-run tractor undergoes testing phase
One Luca Remmert has been testing the second-generation prototype of T6 by New Holland Agriculture, stated to be the first-of-its-kind tractor to run on methane, at his La Bellotta farm in Italy.
Remmert is credited with generating energy from corn and grain near Turin in Italy, hoping to power all the eight tractors in his firm with methane, according to a report by Associated Press.
Methane costs 30% cheaper than that of diesel and for farms capable of producing their own vbio-methane is expected to contribute to a lot of savings.
The methane-run T6 is expected to be produced in around five years, said New Holland, an arm of CNH Industrial, a company formed from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
It has been observed that the prototype produces 80% less pollution than a standard diesel tractor, fulfilling all the future EU greenhouse gas targets involving a 20% reduction across Europe by 2020.
Remmert said: "When the machinery is ready, I will be among the first customers."
New Holland Agriculture brand chief Carlo Lambro said the tractor needed little industrial cost to be converted from normal diesel engine.
However, the drive towards biofuels is stated to be slowed down by reduction in fossil fuel prices over the last year.