The TADUS tractor – designed to be electric from the ground up
We are developing a tractor with a purely electric power transmission and distribution system. We are approaching this from an entirely electrical perspective, ensuring that the entire vehicle is perfectly tailored to the electric drivetrain. This results in a premium-class tractor that fully meets the requirements of agricultural operations, achieves the highest standards of energy efficiency, thereby saving significant costs, and at the same time, contributes to environmental conservation and resource sustainability.
Electric propulsion systems offer unparalleled advantages in agricultural applications
> 50% lower costs for repairs and lubricants due to significantly fewer moving parts in the electric drivetrain
> 75% lower fuel costs
> No CO2 emissions when using self-generated electricity
> 50% longer lifespan
> Battery efficiency and
h ≈ 95% x 95% = 90.25%
> Conversion DC/AC and electric drive efficiency ≈ 95% x 90% = 85.50%
(Source: WTT (LBST, IEA, World Bank), TTW, T&E Calculations).
When using self-generated electricity and suitable energy management on the farm
Furthermore, with the purely electric power transmission, we achieve significantly improved control and regulation, resulting in a simpler and more intuitive operation. Lastly, the noise and exhaust emissions are also greatly reduced, benefiting both humans and animals, as well as the surrounding environment.
In order to cover longer, high-intensity operations as well, we are also planning a fuel cell model. The powertrain remains the same as in the battery-electric model. However, the modular architecture of the powertrain and the frame construction of the TADUS tractor allow for the energy source to be replaced or supplemented as needed. For more detailed information about the powertrain’s exact configuration, please refer to this source.
Is the power sufficient for my tasks on the farm and in the field?
Depending on the type of work, the power provided by one battery charge lasts for approximately 4-5 hours. For a majority of tasks such as morning and evening barn work, tending to the green areas, and transportation tasks, this is completely adequate.
However, we also have solutions available for tasks that require a significant amount of power (e.g., field work) or extend over longer periods (e.g., harvesting):
Battery replacement system: Each TADUS tractor is equipped with a battery replacement system. The depleted battery can be swapped with a fully charged one in a matter of minutes, effectively doubling the operating duration.
Fuel cell tractor: We are already in the process of developing a fuel cell variant. In this case, a fuel cell within the tractor directly generates electricity for the electric motors. The fuel cell is supplied by a tank (e.g., hydrogen). This makes the handling similar to conventional tractors: Once the tank is empty, it can be refueled quickly. You can find more information about the fuel cell tractor here.