Jun 30, 2024
The Guardian
The Guardian: farmers are keen to go electric for the cost savings, emissions reductions and improved reliability, but some are still waiting for the right machines

The Guardian Australia's Aston Brown looks at the promise of electric technology in the agricultural sector as well as some of the existing barriers to update and talks to Mike Casey about the opportunities that already exist in horticulture and viticulture. He also talks to Terry Krieg, the co-founder of Linttas Electric Company, who is developing a semi-autonomous combine harvester that claims to reduce fuel use by a third. But it's not just about reducing carbon emissions and costs, says Prof. Ray Willis, managing director of Future Smart Strategies. “It’s about redesigning the vehicle for the first time in 100 years. If you make it electric, inevitably it turns out to be better, more durable, more reliable.”

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