New Holland NH2 Hydrogen Tractor

Farming and construction equipment manufacturer New Holland announced this week it has taken a turn towards green agriculture, by presenting the world with the New Holland NH², probably one of the first such vehicles in the world to be powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

The tractor has been created on the platform of a T6000, whose entrails have been taken out and replaced. The tractor now features a hydrogen tank, fuel cells system and two electric motors. One motor is used to power the tractor forward, while the second is used to light up the power take-off (PTO) and auxiliaries.

Of course, there's no magic at work in the fuel cell tractor, as it operates just like the fuel-cell equipped Mercedes vehicles, for instance. The fuel cells fitted into the vehicle transforms hydrogen into electricity which in turn runs the two motors. The byproduct of using fuel cells is just water, which exist in the tractor as steam. According to the initial figures, the NH2 has a power output of 75 kW (106 hp).

There are no plans of mass producing the tractor yet, but we wouldn't be surprised if in the near future New Holland begins building them. Especially because they have already began a project they call Energy Independent Farm.

“The Energy Independent Farm is a new approach, where farmers will be able to generate their own energy to run their farm and agricultural equipment,"
New Holland says.

“And all of this will be done using Hydrogen, 100% generated from renewable resources, which farmers have plenty of.”

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