Foxconn and Monarch Tractor announced this week the signing of a contract manufacturing agreement that will see Foxconn build Monarch MX-V battery-electric farm tractors and batteries at the former Lordstown Motors plant in Ohio, now owned by Foxconn.
“Leveraging Foxconn’s manufacturing strengths, global network of industry leaders and supply partners, and our new partnership with Monarch Tractor, Foxconn is positioned and eager to contribute to the continued and future success of Monarch Tractor. , its products and its customers,” said Young Liu. , chairman of Hon Hai Technology Group, also known as Foxconn. “This partnership reflects Foxconn’s growing center of gravity for the production of autonomous electric vehicles and the potential that can emerge from forward-thinking collaborations.
According to a joint press releasefull production of Monarch MK-V tractors is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2023 at the Foxconn Ohio plant, which has approximately 6.2 million square feet of scalable manufacturing space. Monarch plans to begin production of its Founder Series tractors in the fourth quarter of 2022 at its plant in Livermore, California.
“Creating the most advanced tractor in the industry requires a manufacturing partner with the experience to scale quickly and execute with precision,” said Praveen Penmetsa, CEO of Monarch Tractor. “Foxconn is an EMS leader with world-class manufacturing and solutions. We are proud to partner with Foxconn and work together to transform the future of agriculture.
Not your father’s electric tractors
The Monarch MX-V provides up to 10 hours of battery life and features an interchangeable battery that can be changed in minutes for continuous 24-hour operation. Recharging a battery takes 4-5 hours from using a 240 volt/80 amp charger. The electric motor is rated at 70 horsepower and has about twice the torque of an equivalent internal combustion engine. It is equipped with a PTO and a conventional 3-point hitch so it can operate all farm equipment that is attached or towed behind a farm tractor on a typical day.
The MK-V can do a lot of things other tractors can’t, like electric lights and power tools away from the barn. The built-in smart display gives the operator immediate access to easy-to-understand graphics and controls, built-in diagnostics for quick and easy repairs, an interactive live map with detailed weather information, and a 360° view of the camera for maximum visibility.
But that’s not all. The MK-V can operate autonomously. One person can control up to 8 tractors simultaneously, giving farmers the opportunity to dramatically increase their productivity.
Electric tractors are a small but growing part of the agricultural industry. Soletrac also manufactures them and ZTractor also sells battery-powered tractors that can operate autonomously. There is no specific mention of electric tractors in the new Inflation Reduction Act, but it looks like new tax credits are on the way for farmers who choose to go electric.
Every electric tractor is one less diesel machine in use. This is a good thing for farmers and for everyone else in the world.
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