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New Holland's methane-power concept tractor scoops Good Design Award

New Holland Agriculture, a global agricultural brand of CNH Industrial N.V., has received the prestigious "Good Design Award" for its Methane Powered Concept Tractor from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. The Methane Powered Concept Tractor, first unveiled in the summer of 2017, was recognized for its reimagined design features and its pioneering alternative fuel technology.

New Holland Agriculture has recently received the prestigious “Good Design Award” for its Methane Powered Concept Tractor (photo courtesy CNH Industrial).

New Holland Agriculture received the award from an international panel of judges, consisting of design professionals, leading industry specialists, design journalists, and critics. The Methane Powered Concept Tractor was selected by the jury from a record number of submissions from the world’s leading manufacturers, industrial and graphic design firms from over 47 countries.

The Good Design Award recognizes the most innovative and cutting-edge products from around the world, and the selection is based on the quality of the design, its form, and function. As a winner of the award, the Methane Powered Concept Tractor will feature in the Good Design Yearbook for 2018-2019.

CNH Industrial’s design team developed a revolutionary, fully integrated design where the hood, front and rear fenders, and the fuel tank create a flowing, stylish look. Wrap-around glazing provides 360-degree visibility, with a 20 percent increase in the glazed area compared to a standard tractor.

The floating glass domed roof with fully integrated Precision Land Management receiver provides a completely panoramic design – an agricultural first. The interior of the cab offers a clutter-free operating environment, with all essential controls on the integrated armrest and additional parameters controlled through the interactive headliner display.

Powertrain tailored for agriculture

New Holland’s Methane Powered Concept Tractor features a powertrain that, according to the company, uses “ground-breaking efficient” combustion technology specifically developed for agriculture applications by FPT Industrial, a brand of CNH Industrial that has pioneered natural gas traction for more than 20 years.

The 6-cylinder NEF methane engine delivers the same power and torque as its standard diesel equivalent, together with up to 30 percent running cost savings and around 50 percent reduction in drive-by-noise.

In real field conditions, the methane-powered concept tractor produces at least 10 percent lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and reduces overall emissions by 80 percent compared to a standard diesel tractor.

Its environmental performance further improves when fuelled by biomethane produced from crop residues and waste from farm-grown energy crops, which results in close to zero CO2 emissions.

The Methane Powered Concept Tractor creates a vital link that closes the loop in the “Energy Independent Farm’s” virtuous cycle by running on the energy produced from the land and waste products, making New Holland’s vision for the sustainable future of farming achievable today.

The T6 prototype seen demonstrating at the 2016 Biogaz Europe tradeshow in Nantes, France.

The T6 prototype seen demonstrating at the 2016 Biogaz Europe tradeshow in Nantes, France.

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