A first for the competition as New Holland enter a tractor powered by alternative fuels. Having won the Sustainable TotY award two years ago as a concept machine, New Holland has now entered its Methane Power unit into the main competition.
Under the hood, there is an FPT NEF 6.7 NP engine, converted to run on bio-methane, offering 145hp and boosting to 175hp, in line with the comparative diesel model. Torque levels are 738Nm, available at 1,500rpm. Integrating gas tanks into the main body of the tractor, the Methane Power machine offers a fuel capacity of 185 litres as standard, increasing to 455 litres with the optional front tank.
It’s fitted with a 16×16 powershift transmission as standard, with the option to increase this to 32×32, capable of reaching 50kph. At the rear, the closed centre, load sensing hydraulic system supplies 113 litres per minute, with three mechanical valves fitted as standard. The linkage can lift 7,864kg, while the optional front linkage can lift 3,200kg.
Operator comfort is ensured with mechanical cab and hydraulic front axle suspension, with a pneumatic seat fitted into the cabin and a quiet operating environment rated at 69dB. It can also be connected to the company’s fleet management system and is ISOBUS compatible.