Gridtractor Launches Fleet Electrification Services to Accelerate Zero-Emission Agriculture

Gridtractor launched from stealth to develop charging technology, fleet electrification, and energy management services for electric tractors and heavy farm equipment.

November 03, 2021. By News Bureau

Electrifying one medium-sized tractor in California reduces carbon emissions by as much as replacing 45 cars with EVs, and as the state is aggressively targeting zero-emission transportation, Gridtractor launched from stealth to develop charging technology, fleet electrification, and energy management services for electric tractors and heavy farm equipment.

Gridtractor will help farmers seamlessly integrate electric charging and vehicle to grid (V2G) into their operations to strengthen the power grid with its smart energy platform. In addition, the company estimates farms can save 55-75 percent on fuel costs by going electric, and up to 90 percent by supplying stored power to irrigation pumps and to the grid.

The company's first customer, Terranova Ranch, will utilize the Gridtractor Planning Model Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to determine the best deployments for electric tractors and integration with existing electrical infrastructure at dozens of irrigation pump sites and solar arrays.
 

"Working alongside Gridtractor towards a better environment is a win-win for both our customers and California's agricultural industry, which produces at least one-third of the country's vegetables and two-thirds of the country's fruits and nuts," said Don Cameron, Vice President and General Manager of Terranova Ranch.

As a partially-owned subsidiary of Polaris Energy Services, whose management team contributed to seed financing for the new company, Gridtractor will leverage existing on-farm electrical services with new charging and monitoring technology to manage electric tractor operations, including automated reports that alert operators and the Gridtractor Operations Center when something is not working correctly.

The company is developing control hardware and SaaS that will help farmers manage fleets of tractors, irrigation pumps, and solar arrays to optimize the economics of energy production, consumption, and storage.

The company is launching operations in California initially to take advantage of extensive electrical infrastructure on farms, lucrative incentives for electrification, and cutting-edge pilots for vehicle grid integration (VGI).

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