Meet the KULAN - Your Next Lightweight Electric Tractor

KULAN - electric light tractor 4 photos
The KULAN electric light tractorThe KULAN electric light tractorThe KULAN electric light tractor
The auto industry is heading towards engine downsizing, lower fuel consumption and ultimately, cutting fossil fuels from the equation of transportation. And if your future personal transportation is represented by an electric leaning three-wheeler or something similar, your future farm utility might look like this hard-edged quad.
What you see in the picture above was built by German project POLY-LAB and is called the KULAN. Their target is to take this electric quad and sell it to farmers as a cheap and eco-friendly light utility vehicle to help around with the daily work.

The whole thing weighs only around 300 kg (661 lbs), which is even less than your average light tractor you can buy now. But don’t let yourself fooled by its flimsy and simple design. It can haul up to 1,000 kg (2,204 lbs) thanks to lightweight yet strong materials like B. polyurethane. And you don’t even need a trailer, ‘cause it has a rear flatbed.

It’s said to be powered by four in-wheel electric motors fed up by a super-efficient battery pack which should make it go for up to six hours, or 300 km (186 miles). Pretty damn good for a vehicle you’ll mostly use to carry hay stacks, fertilizer and fruits around the farm. Let’s hope these numbers will become real.

The team is currently working to bring the KULAN in the light-tractor market so expect to see it roaming around somebody’s farm in Germany soon. Maybe the government will also offer some incentives to purchase these more easily and aid farmers go even greener.

Our only complain? Those damn wheels. We know this is a concept and has to look appealing, but we hope the production version will come with something more suitable for mud-riding and light off-roading.
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