Motivo HARVEST Electric Tractor

Praveen Penmetsa, CEO and Founder of Motivo Engineering

Product description Brand name and product description


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”.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

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.

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"


Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

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).

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

MAPS G110 is a similar product to the HARVEST, since it can plow the farm and also provide energy to external inputs.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal #2: Zero Hunger

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

NGOs and non profits and as end users smallholder farmers around the world.

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