T7 Methane Power LNG pre-production prototype will take the stage on New Holland’s stand at Agritechnica 2023
- Next step in development of Methane Power tractor offering
- More than doubles autonomy of New Holland’s current methane model, T6.180 Methane Power
- New design approach will be adopted on future tractor ranges
New Holland’s T7 Methane Power LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) tractor, another
significant step in the development of the brand’s Methane Power tractor offering, is to
be one of the highlights of the New Holland presence at Agritechnica 2023.
The tractor, currently a production intent prototype, was unveiled during CNH Industrial’s Tech Day in Phoenix, Arizona, in December 2022, and represents the continued growth of New Holland’s Clean Energy Leader journey.
With the new tractor comes a new design approach that will be adopted on future tractor ranges. It was created by CNH Industrial’s in-house design team, with a new ‘Clean Blue’ color and exterior features that match the brand’s new signature design style and iconic leaf symbol, which can be seen in the reimagined bonnet, powerful LED tail-lights and in the C-pillar. The cab incorporates a full length skydome roof for enhanced visibility and a greater sense of space.
The new T7 Methane Power LNG was conceived to meet the increasing need for high horsepower machines – in this case up to 270hp – that produce lower emissions and offer reduced operating costs without compromising performance.
With its LNG power solution, New Holland will more than double the autonomy capability of its current T6.180 Methane Power tractor while increasing overall farm sustainability. This is because using liquefied methane delivers four times as much fuel storage capacity when compared to compressed gas (CNG).
The T7 Methane Power LNG features a patented active temperature-controlled fuel system. It incorporates a stainless-steel cryogenic tank that is shaped to match its diesel counterpart, maximizing space and liquefied methane storage on board the tractor. The system has a self-supporting vacuum space that insulates the fuel within, enabling a reduced tank thickness. Once out in the field, the tank’s active temperature control ensures the engine runs smoothly.
The T7 Methane Power LNG inherits the best features from New Holland’s PLM Intelligence suite of solutions, which integrates digital technologies to deliver a smart and connected agriculture, enabling customers to optimize input use and maximize machine productivity to achieve the best possible crop performance. In particular, PLM Intelligence enables farmers to easily command guidance programs, analyze field data, and remain wirelessly connected with machine and field data thanks to the MyPLM Connect Platform and advanced support initiatives. The tractor also comes with New Holland’s advanced precision farming technology (PLM Intelligence) and PLM Connect uptime support.
The T7 Methane Power LNG also inherits the ergonomic design benefits established on other high horsepower New Holland tractors to provide the same intuitive operation. It features the SideWinder™ Ultra armrest, the new larger customizable IntelliView™ 12-inch touchscreen and the Unique CentreView™ fixed hub steering wheel mounted display.
The New Holland and Bennamann solution for the T7 Methane Power LNG
Fuel for the T7 Methane Power LNG can be provided by liquefied biomethane sourced from livestock manure and slurry, further extending the tractor’s sustainability credentials. This solution integrates with the approach proposed by Bennamann, the UKbased start-up partnering with New Holland - of which CNH Industrial took a majority stake - which focuses on innovation around the collection, processing and storage of fugitive methane, with the aim of unlocking circular economy benefits for customers and delivering a local, clean energy revolution.