Fully-electric demo ‘tractor’ breaks cover this month
Nov 2, 2017 Jim Breen
German specialist company STW (Sensor-Technik Wiedemann) will show off its
new ‘SymonE’ agricultural test vehicle at this month’s Agritechnica show.
The vehicle is essentially an electric, multi-purpose tractor. In fact, the
company describes it as a culmination of “digitalisation, automation and
electrification” in an agricultural machine.
According to IVT (International Industrial Vehicle Technology), the SymonE
is a battery-operated test vehicle that was developed in conjunction with
French company Dintec.
The STW machine is essentially a demonstration of the company’s expertise in
the area of agricultural electrics and electronics.
Powering the fully-electric machine is a 90kWh/650V battery pack. IVT says
that the battery comes from Kreisel Electric. It’s a high-tech machine;
there are no fewer than four on-board cameras, enabling the operator to keep
a close watch on everything.
According to IVT, the SymonE will likely be used for tests involving
electric agricultural implements and attachments – offering manufacturers of
such equipment access to a “brand-neutral” electric tractor.
The demonstrator vehicle will also serve as a test-bed for the ongoing
development of semi-automated and fully-automated machine functions. Watch
Praise from Krone
In other STW news, the German-based company has this autumn – for the second
time – received a ‘Supplier of the Year’ award from fellow German
manufacturer Krone. The award rated STW as the best supplier in the
STW and Krone have worked together for many years. Back in 2011, STW was
selected as Krone’s development partner and supplier for a new ‘control unit
Approximately 300 suppliers to Krone were considered for awards; all were
assessed by Krone specialists.
STW made its name developing and manufacturing a range of specialist
technologies; its customers are manufacturers and users of mobile machines
and industrial vehicles – both on and off-road.
Its products include: measurement technology; control and automation
systems; telematics and machine connectivity; and electrification of
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