New Holland Agriculture North America has launched the world’s first production T6 Methane Power tractor. The launch is a culmination of a multi-year development project to create and bring to market a tractor lineup that furthers the use of more sustainable fuel sources in U.S. agriculture.
“The T6.180 Methane Power is the result of New Holland’s pioneering work on the use of alternative fuels through our Clean Energy Leader strategy. It 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 to our customers beginning this 2022 season,” says Michael Cornman, Livestock and Dairy Segment Manager, New Holland Agriculture North America.
New Holland says the T6 Methane Power delivers the performance of its diesel equivalent, the same power at 180 hp, torque at 740 Nm and durability, with the added advantage of up to 30 percent reduction in running costs. It also offers operators fuel flexibility and can run on either biomethane or compressed natural gas (CNG).
Compared to emission limits allowed under European Stage V emission regulations, New Holland says the T6 Methane Power produces 98 percent less particulate matter. When running biomethane, it can provide a 10 to 15 percent reduction in CO2 for a negative emission profile. A simple, maintenance-free, three-way catalyst is used for aftertreatment, New Holland adds, eliminating the need for exhaust gas recirculation and selective catalytic reduction components, as well as diesel exhaust fluid.
Additionally, the T6 Methane Power features an all-new NEF 6.7-liter engine specifically developed for agricultural applications by FPT Industrial and benefits from the company’s 20+ years of experience in natural gas powertrain technology development.
On the T6 Methane Power, the gas tanks with 49 gallons of capacity are stored in the same position as the diesel tanks on the standard T6 model. This maintains the excellent visibility from the cab and results in no restrictions in access. New Holland says fuel storage under the cab has been optimized, ensuring current production tire size offerings and track width settings. Additional options such as mid-mount valves are also available. For extended periods between fill ups, the front-mounted range extender offers an additional 71 gallons of fuel capacity with a bolted connection to a port on the front of the tractor. The tractor is also fitted with gas connection points at the front and rear, enabling additional fuel storage that could be mounted on trailers and implements, the company says.
The T6 Methane Power tractor is a key element in New Holland’s Energy Independent Farm concept, closing the loop of a true circular economy, from fields to energy generation and back to fields, a complete CO2-neutral cycle.