Kubota has taken the wraps off its new LXe-261 electrically powered compact tractor, which it says it has designed to meet current environmental standards.
The machinery giant’s latest release comes following an increasing number of European markets tightening regulations, a shift towards EVs and implementing bans on diesel vehicles.
It will showcase the machine at “several key” events around Europe over the coming months before making it available for rental from 2023.
One of the major challenges when developing electric tractors is the range and operational time, Kubota – which is “actively” striving towards carbon neutrality – claims.
For that reason, the new LXe-261 has a large-capacity battery that can provide rapid one-hour charging and three to four hours of continuous run-time.
This, a spokesperson explained, means operators can quickly charge the batteries during lunch and continue working in the afternoon for optimal efficiency.
The LXe-261 also includes “key” features suitable for mowing, hauling, and other green space management tasks, including an independent PTO, HST transmission and multiple hydraulic outlets.
The specification of the LXe-261 is contained in a compact size, making this model well-suited to a wide range of applications
After its release, Kubota will seek feedback to shape future development and expansion of its eco-friendly product line-up.
For that reason, Kubota has been transitioning to electric, hybrid, and fuel-cell drives in an effort to decarbonise power sources and reduce CO2 emissions.
These developments represent an “important strategic” step for Kubota in the UK and Europe, as it aims to fulfil the requirements of core customer segments who have long invested in Kubota’s range of compact tractors, utility vehicles and ride-on mowers for park maintenance and other groundcare tasks.
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