Motivo Hybrid Agriculture/Road Vehicles with Electricity Storage and Transformation (HARVEST) Electric Tractor – is an all-electric tractor that can store energy generated from a different source and deliver it on-demand. The tractor can plow a field, power a home, take goods to market, and perform many other functions transporting energy.
According to the manufacturer, “Motivo developed a multi-purpose shareable mobile power delivery system for agriculture. Consisting of a power module integrated with a small tractor Motivo’s HARVEST system provides mobility, rotary power, and electrical power from a single zero-emission platform. Based on a patented power electronics architecture developed by Motivo, HARVEST collects power from solar panels, wind turbines, or intermittent electrical grids, stores that power in an on-board battery, then delivers it on-demand. HARVEST can be rented, tracked, and updated via cell network, with all user interaction handled via text messaging.”
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
Still a prototype, manufacturing has not been determined yet.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Distributions to Date Status
Prototype. None distributed as of September 5, 2016.
The HARVEST is designed to have multiple functions. These include, but are not limited to: energy storage system, wireless network connectivity, text-message based reservation system, and headlights. Includes a power module integrated with a small tractor. Since the tractor is designed to the standard PTO size, the HARVEST can receive any standard PTO input to add modifications to the tractor.
The product was designed so that someone in the middle of a field in rural places around the world could fix the tractor should any issue arise. Since the tractor comes with a cellular connection and text message alerts, Motivo can remotely diagnose the problem, and communicate with the user to make repairs. Motivo can also remotely control the tractor.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
The HARVEST aims to: generate less pollution, reduce spoilage, and use less gas than the typical tractor. Each unit can be tied together to form a micro-grid with a larger output capability.
Vetted Performance Status
Motivo is undergoing testing of the product, though no results have been published as of September 5, 2016.
The HARVEST has similar safety hazards to any electrical device. It is also very large and mobile, so caution is suggested when transporting the tractor
Complementary Technical Systems
The HARVEST cannot generate its own power, and must draw that power from an external source (ie. solar panels, wind turbines, grid, etc.). Users can attach rotary power implements or plug in electric power tools.