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New Holland showcases new T6.180 Methane Power Tractor

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New Holland’s new T6.180 Methane Power Tractor features the same horsepower and performance as its diesel counterpart, but with the added advantage of up to a 30 percent reduction in running costs.

NEW ORLEANS, La. – New Holland Agriculture North America showcased a number of equipment pieces at their booth at Commodity Classic on March 10, including the first commercial-ready methane-powered tractor in the U.S. – the T6.180 Methane Power Tractor.

“There are no differences in terms of horsepower and performance with the methane version compared to the diesel version of the T6.180,” said Joe Boufford, New Holland product marketing manager. “Instead of having a diesel pressure engine, you have a spark ignition gas engine that uses methane.”

Featuring the same power, torque, and durability of its diesel counterpart, the new methane-powered tractor offers the added advantage of up to a 30 percent reduction in running costs. It also offers operators fuel flexibility and can run on either biomethane or compressed natural gas.

New Holland is currently selling the new methane-powered tractors in Europe, and are finishing up configurations for the North American market.

“Dealers will be able to order these in July of 2022, and you’ll start seeing tractors on the ground and in inventory in December or January,” Boufford said.

The T6.180 Methane Power Tractor produces 98 percent less particulate matter, and when running biomethane, it can provide a 10-15 percent reduction in CO2 for a negative emission profile.

The machine uses a simple, maintenance-free, three-way catalyst for after-treatment, eliminating the need for exhaust gas recirculation and selective catalytic reduction components, as well as diesel exhaust fluid.

For New Holland, the T6.180 Methane Power Tractor is the next step toward zero-carbon farming, as farmers can grow energy crops and use agricultural waste to generate biomethane and power their tractor with this sustainable fuel to achieve near-zero CO2 emissions.

Livestock and dairy farmers can take this a step further by producing biomethane from manure, which subtracts CO2 from the environment, resulting in a carbon-negative footprint.

“You have all these farms, whether they’re dairy or swine, that are producing methane – waste – instead of just capturing that and burning it off,” Boufford said. “Why not use it as a viable fuel source?”

A dairy farm of over 500 head, Boufford explained, can justify the cost of putting in a digester and transforming their entire fleet – tractors, trucks, etc. – to a methane-based fuel source.

“Not only are you saving money, but you’re taking carbon out of the cycle,” he said. “When you have methane from your own farm, it’s carbon-negative at that point, and you can use that as part of your marketing.

“Whether it’s for feel-good reasons, regulatory reasons, or monetary reasons, you have a lot of angles for your usage of the tractor,” Boufford concluded.

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