Motivo HARVEST Electric Tractor
Praveen Penmetsa, CEO and Founder of Motivo Engineering
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 proposed and is developing 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 patent-pending 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.”
According to expert advisors “A battery bank that can be easily charged from multiple commonly-available sources and can be conveniently transported/interfaced-to-a-tractor is an important differentiator of the product compared to their competitors”.
Initially the first prototypes were donates to India. Although given that this product is being developed by a grant that USAID, the target regions should be all rural areas of the world in need of green technology solutions. Motivo also discusses California as a market.
Motivo is considering a credit system using SMS messaging. Motivo’s goal is to have the vehicle available for less than $10,000/unit (as of 2015).
MAPS G110 is a similar product to the HARVEST, since it can plow the farm and also provide energy to external inputs.
Goal #2: Zero Hunger
NGOs and non profits and as end users smallholder farmers around the world.
Unknown. Still a prototype, manufacturing has not been determined yet.
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, 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.
It 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.
Functions as well as a 25HP tractorThe HARVEST will: 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.
Motivo is undergoing testing of the product, though no results have been revealed as of September 5, 2016.
Currently, Motivo is conducting field testing in India and California. It is unclear if any outside organizations are providing testing assistance/supervision.
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
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.
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Motivo designed using a standard PTO shaft so that HARVEST owners can make any implements they desire, since every standard input will fit into the HARVEST.
There are currently 2 HARVESTs undergoing field testing in India, and another HARVEST being tested in California to see how farmers will use the tractor if they were to purchase one.
Informative video about HARVEST.
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