Fendt is developing a practical battery-powered tractor. The current development status of the Fendt e100 Vario compact tractor is encouraging and promises high efficiency with a careful use of resources.
In the last three years, potential uses of the Fendt e100 Vario have been further investigated and specific requirement profiles created. In this time, the Fendt e100 Vario has undergone numerous practical tests set to a range of different requirements and tasks, from farming applications to municipal uses, including winter clearance work. Based on feedback, the Fendt e100 Vario has been technically revised and improved.
Simple charging with no added investments
DC superchargers are yet to find their footing on farms and in the municipality sector. In light of this, the Fendt e100 Vario is now equipped with a Type 2 charging socket instead of a CCS socket. This tractor is also equipped with a charging cable for 400V sockets with up to 32A, which equates to a charging capacity of around 22kW. This means that the battery can still be fully charged in less than 5 hours. The tractor still features the DC fast charge function.
Improved thermal management
In the course of this further development, various battery systems were investigated, undergoing intensive testing in various field and lab tests. With the all-new thermal management system, in just a few minutes you can preheat the battery to operating temperature in winter, and cool it in summer. Likewise, you can preheat or cool the cab.
Put to use in different fields
The Fendt e100 Vario has been a consistent hit in practical applications, and the performance and versatility of the Fendt e100 Vario have been demonstrated in various field tests with conventional PTO-driven implements – like tedders, rakes, feed mixers – as well as hydraulically driven machines like sweepers or electrically driven salt spreaders for winter service work. The Fendt e100 Vario can be used with new electrified as well as existing attachments.
Better use of resources
In energy-producing farms, the self-generated electricity can be used in a closed energy circuit with the Fendt e100 Vario. This minimises the use of fossil fuels and reduces the farm’s CO2 emissions, making the Fendt e100 Vario perfect for use as a general farm tractor. The high efficiency of the battery-powered electric drive also helps businesses make the best use of resources. Full PTO torque is already available on the Fendt e100 Vario.
The Fendt e100 Vario battery-powered tractor will continue to be further developed in the future. It is currently at a project stage dealing strategically with the electrification of agricultural equipment.