New Holland’s T6 Methane Power Tractor is the world’s first off-the-shelf methane-powered tractor, designed to promote the use of more sustainable fuel sources.

The T6 Methane Power model is New Holland’s newest addition to the T6 series of tractors and their next step towards a completely carbon neutral agricultural cycle. This tractor will “close the loop” of energy production and use, with a field-energy-generation, back-to-field cycle.

With the T6 Methane Power, farmers can grow energy crops, use agricultural waste or manure to generate biomethane for this tractor. Livestock and dairy farmers can take this cycle even further when they produce biomethane from manure, subtracting CO2 from the environment, resulting in a negative carbon footprint. Farmers can then use biodigestion by-products as natural fertilizers on their fields, closing the energy loop.

“The T6.180 Methane Power is the result of New Holland’s pioneering work on the use of alternative fuels as part of our Clean Energy Leader strategy,” says Michael Cornman, livestock and dairy sector manager for New Holland Agriculture. North America. “This is a significant step forward on the path to decarbonizing agriculture, and it is happening now, as the development of this sustainable tractor has reached its production phase. It is commercially available for our customers from this 2022 season.”

High performance, low cost

The T6 Methane Power runs on an all new 6.7 liter engine specially developed for agricultural applications by FPT Industrial. It has a rated engine power of 145 hp, with a maximum engine speed of 175 hp.

Even with a new fuel source, the T6 Methane Power tractor can match the power of its diesel counterparts, with the added benefit of up to 30% lower running costs.

“It will work exactly the same,” says Joe Bufford, product marketing manager at New Holland. “It will therefore have the same power, the same torque as its diesel equivalent. […] Performance will be identical.

The engine is also capable of running on compressed natural gas, allowing fuel flexibility if biomethane is not readily available.

A simple, maintenance-free three-way catalyst is used for exhaust after-treatment, eliminating the need for exhaust gas recirculation and selective catalytic reduction components, as well as diesel exhaust fluid.

The gas tank of the T6 Methane Power has a capacity of 49 gallons and is located in the same position as the tank of the regular T6 models. This maintains visibility from the cab and has no access restrictions. Under-cab fuel storage has been optimized, ensuring current tire size offerings and production track width settings.

Additional options such as center mounted valves are also available. For long periods between fill-ups, the optional front-mounted range extender provides an additional 71 gallons of fuel capacity with a bolt-on connection to a port on the front of the tractor. The tractor is also equipped with front and rear gas hook-up points for additional fuel storage mounted on trailers or implements.

In the cabin

The T6’s cab is equipped with a semi-powershift transmission for clutchless shifts, with the AutoShift transmission the shifting is taken care of for you. The multi-function handle features gear shift buttons as well as controls for front hitch and turn sequence.

The tractor offers high all-around visibility with a total of 63 square feet of glass, including a glass roof panel. It also has a low noise level of 69 decibels on top of the already quieter motor of five decibels. An optional cab suspension system with two rubber isolators at the front corners of the cab and a stabilizer bar with two spring shock absorbers at the rear ensure a smooth and comfortable ride. Several available seat options are available to suit the level of comfort you want in the cabin.

Availablity

The T6 Methane Power tractor will be available to order with limited availability in July. The tractors are expected to hit dealer lots in early 2023. It will make its public debut at the 2022 World Ag Expo, February 8-10, 2022, in Tulare, California.