Fendt e100 Vario Electric Farm Tractor

With regular and fast-charging facilities and the ability to power implements via a power take-off shaft or electric motors, Fendt claims the e100 Vario is the first viable farm tractor with battery power.

The energy source is a 650v high-capacity lithium-ion battery with a capacity of around 100kWh housed beneath the hood.

Its 50kW power output – equivalent to almost 70hp – can be sustained for 5 hours under normal working conditions, says Fendt, and with a ‘supercharging’ option, the battery can be 80% re-charged in about 40 minutes.

A new energy-efficient thermal management system uses an electrical heat pump for air conditioning the cab and the battery and control electronics. Pre-heating in winter and cab cooling in summer can be performed while the tractor is connected to the power supply for added operator comfort.

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The Incredible Benefits of Switching to Electric Farm Utility Vehicles

Electric cars are a great way for drivers to save money on gas and maintenance. But the same benefits can also translate to commercial vehicles, including those you use for everyday farming tasks.

It’s predicted that by 2030, 125 million electric vehicles will be on the road. But the road’s not the only place you’ll find them. Have you ever considered what electric farm utility vehicles might be able to do for your farming operations?

If you’re not yet convinced by electric utility vehicles, let’s lay out the benefits to help you make up your mind. Keep reading to learn why the best farm utility vehicle doesn’t run on gas!

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Dr. William Brown Wireless Power Beaming Tests (YouTube)

There are many videos showing experiments of Wireless Power Beaming available on YouTube, most all mention either the 1964 Raytheon Microwave Helicopter experiments or the 1975 JPL Goldstone tests. The official NASA JPL Goldstone PR video alone has over 40 thousand views on YouTube. We have something extra to add to the collection.

In the 1980’s the manager of the projects, who many rightly name as “The Man Behind Microwave Power Beaming,” SSI Senior Advisor Dr. Bill Brown of Raytheon Labs, made a special version of videos of those tests featuring his own voiceover for a more technically interested audience. The Space Studies Institute is very proud to bring this SSI Engineering classic back to the public. Please tell others about it.

Cordially, The Space Studies Institute

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