The World’s First Hydrogen-Fueled Vineyard Tractor is Here
TRAXX Concept H2 from EXXACT Robotics runs on a zero-emission alternative to gas and diesel—without sacrificing work efficiency or performance.
EXXACT Robotics made a big reveal at World FIRA 2023 when it unveiled the world’s first autonomous hydrogen-fueled vineyard tractor. As the innovative research center for EXEL Industries, EXXACT Robotics is dedicated to developing disruptive technologies. TRAXX Concept H2 is the most recent example of these efforts.
“In France and around the world, there is a growing expectation that we will develop agricultural solutions without emissions,” says Camille Enderlen , product owner for TRAXX Concept H2. “People are looking for zero-emission solutions, so we decided to develop a zero-emission machine.”
The autonomous straddle carrier is built with a full-power fuel cell and high-power batteries that provide up to 35kW. It is also equipped with two tanks that hold just over 9 kilograms of hydrogen. This impressive tank capacity allows TRAXX Concept H2 to work up to 12 hours in a row.
The most exciting feature, of course, is that the robot runs on hydrogen. This offers growers a zero-emission fuel alternative to gas and diesel—an option that is especially attractive as the industry moves toward adopting green solutions. Additionally, hydrogen makes for a lighter, quieter machine that works efficiently and refuels quickly.
“Before we began developing TRAXX Concept H2, we did a lifecycle assessment between electrical batteries and hydrogen,” Enderlen says, noting that EXXACT Robotics was trying to determine which solution would perform best. “The emissions impacts were very similar. So, we opted to develop the hydrogen concept.”
Currently in the prototype phase, TRAXX Concept H2 will begin testing with select vineyard customers in May, June and July of this year. The goal is to get feedback on the tractor’s safety, user experience and refueling capabilities before bringing the autonomous machine to market in the next two to three years.
For more information on EXEL Industries, EXXACT Robotics and other innovative agricultural solutions, visit www.exel-industries.com.