CNH Concept, towards the circular economy
This year has started with the agreement between Coldiretti and ENI to create the first network supply of agricultural biomethane “from the field to the pump”, to reach a production of 8 billion cubic meters of gas by 2030, and to help the environment. All this within the frame of the circular economy that the European Union is promoting in different ways. New Holland Agriculture has long been part of the methane and biomethane machinery sector, and at the end of 2018, its “Concept” methane tractor received the “Good Design Award” from an international jury composed of professional designers and important specialists in the field for its revolutionary design and the green traction innovative technology. The acknowledgment was awarded thanks to the fully integrated revolutionary model designed by CNH technicians, with the bonnet, the front and rear fenders and the fuel tank creating a sleek and elegant line. The windows allow 360-degree panoramic visibility, with an increase of 20% on the glazed surface compared to a standard tractor. The bubble-top sunroof with an integrated receiver for Precision Land Management allows a panoramic view, an absolute novelty for an agricultural vehicle. The methane Concept tractor also uses a revolutionary power train with cutting-edge combustion technology, specifically developed for agricultural applications. The CNG 6-cylinder NEF methane engine generates the same power and torque as its diesel equivalent, saving 30% on running costs, and a 50% reduction in noise levels while driving.
In real field working conditions, the T6.180 tractor generates at least 10% less CO2 emissions, with an overall reduction of emissions of 80% compared to a conventional diesel tractor. CNH engineers have succeeded in supplying this tractor with a power supply that combines alternative fuels and cutting-edge agricultural technologies, with an engine under the bonnet that, while developing the same torque and power values as a diesel engine, feeds through a virtuous cycle with a closed cycle of self-produced energy, and of agricultural and natural waste. Farmers can thus reduce fossil fuels consumption and exploit their green waste thus becoming an energy resource.