Claas swaps diesel for electric in Scorpion 732e telehandler

Farmers open to switching their diesel-powered telehandler for an electric alternative might soon have another option.

Claas and Liebherr have worked together to develop a Scorpion 732e packing one 90kW (121hp) electric motor to drive the wheels and a second, of the same size, to provide hydraulic power.

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These are paired with a 64kWh battery pack that is apparently big enough to keep it moving for up to four hours, after which the cells will need replenishing via a 22kW on-board charger.

Maximum lift capacity is 3.2t, it’ll reach to 6.93m, and top speed is a respectable 30kph.

Claas Scorpion electric telehandler on display at the Agritechnica exhibition

Claas Scorpion © James Andrews

The new-look Xerion 12.590 Terra Trac also debuted on Claas’ Agritechnica stand. The version on show was fitted with a ruck of Lidar sensors and cameras which make up part of the firm’s prototype Auto Pilot system.

This gives the 585hp beast the ability to plan its route across a field, monitor its surroundings, and function entirely autonomously without a driver.

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