John Deere may have been the first out of the starting blocks with its E-Premium electricity-generating tractor, but a second maker is due to join it in November at the giant Agritechnica show in Hanover, Germany.
The identity of the manufacturer is still secret, though unconfirmed rumours suggest it is Russian.
Whereas the Deere E-Premium can produce a healthy-sounding 40kW, this 295hp diesel-electric tractor claims to be able to generate a barn-storming 170kW.
The range of implements able to be powered by these new diesel-electric tractors has been limited to just one – a Rauch fertiliser spreader.
But now it has been joined by the Amazone UX eSpray trailed sprayer which needs just 24kW to power pumps, pressure regulator, mixing system and the electronics.
Another novelty on the UX eSpray is individual LED illumination of each spray nozzle, allowing you to keep an eye on spraying patterns when working at night.
Rauch’s Axis 50.1 W twin spinner fertiliser spreader remains pto-powered, but the maker claims this is the first spreader where all other functions are operated straight from the cab via an electric cable from the IsoBUS control.