Both CNG and Propane Versions Are in Development
New Holland is showing the second generation of its developmental compressed natural gas-fueled T6 farm tractor at the Cereals 2016 show in England this week. The CNG tractor, which has been put through its paces on farms in Italy and Spain, will then go to work at Wyke Farms, a British cheese producer that emphasizes renewable agricultural practices, including onsite energy production using digester-derived biogas.
New Holland, a unit of CNH Industrial, is also developing a propane autogas version of the tractor. It’s to be shown late this summer at Farm Progress (August 30-September 1) in Boone, Iowa.
Both vehicles use a 6-cylinder, 5.9-liter, 179-horsepower, spark-ignition Nef 6 engine by FPT Industrial (Fiat Powertrain Technologies, also a unit of CNH Industrial).
On the CNG-powered T6, fuel is stored in nine cylinders. New Holland notes that when run on RNG/renewable natural gas, available from agricultural feedstocks, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to virtually zero. The company may suggest a trailer-mounted assembly of additional CNG tanks to extend range/operating time.
New Holland hopes too that the propane version of the tractor, which is being developed with conformable low pressure fuel cylinders, will also someday be powered by bio-based fuels. The company is developing optimal placement of low-pressure fuel tanks. The engine uses a vapor propane system, says North America brand marketing manager Gary Wojcik.
Both versions of the gaseous fuel-powered tractor are several years away from commercialization.
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Source: New Holland Agriculture with Fleets & Fuels follow-up