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The Fendt X Concept tractor

Electric drives for tractors? While producers are familiar with the standard hydraulic or PTO-driven systems in today’s tractors, Fendt engineers are researching the potential for electrical drive systems operated from a tractor.

Although the research is still in its infancy, Fendt unveiled its Fendt X Concept project at a recent press event at the company’s headquarters in Marktoberdorf, Germany. Built on a Fendt 722 Vario platform, the tractor includes a high-voltage interface in addition to the hydraulic connections and the PTO.

Fendt’s first work on this concept started in 2001. Partnering with universities and other equipment manufacturers, the goal was to develop compact electric machines that were suitable for mobile operations. Research and development is ongoing, but engineers are excited about the features and benefits this concept can bring to agricultural producers.

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