New Holland Introduces Fuel Cell Tractor...Proves Even Farms Can Go Green
While alternative energy sources are most prominent when talking about the automotive industry, it has been reaching other places as well. A perfect example of this comes from New Holland Farm equipment and their new Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tractor.
The New Holland NH2 made its debut in Italy and could be the first steps in making agriculture even greener than it already is. Power for the NH2 is provided by a 106 horsepower electric motor that is routed to all four wheels. A hydrogen fuel cell located in the front provides energy for the electric motor. Obviously, the range of the NH2 will be less than a traditional diesel engine tractor, but with the proper amount of planning, it could easily pay for itself in less time than its fossil fuel burning brethren.
New Holland sees the NH2 as the first step in moving toward hydrogen powered equipment. They also see the future of farming relying heavily on hydrogen, as it is easy to produce and store hydrogen right on the farm.
New Holland does not plan on putting the NH2 into production until 2013.