Porsche Mission E Tractor Actually Makes Perfect Sense

APR 2 2018 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 6

Meant as an April Fool’s day stunt, Porsche unveiled its Mission E Tractor.

But we think it should be made, though probably not by Porsche.

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Electrifying low-speed vehicles like a tractor is actually quite easy. The draw on the battery pack it typically quite low, unless under heavy load and the immediate grunt provided by electrification is perfect in these high-torque applications.

Now, it seems Porsche has gone a bit overboard with its specs, but electrification of commercial equipment such as this is actually happening and the benefits are immense.

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Press blast below:

Porsche announces Mission E Tractor

Plugging into the future of all-electric agriculture.

Porsche AG is delighted to announce the latest addition to the Mission E model line. Following the successful debut of the Mission E Cross Turismo at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, Porsche is heading even further off road with the all-electric Mission E Tractor.

This bold vision for 21st Century agriculture blends design cues from Porsche’s original mid 1950s tractors with the same advanced digital connectivity and 800v fast-charging architecture that powers the Mission E.

With a power output in excess of 700hp, the Mission E Tractor will be the fastest accelerating agricultural vehicle in the world, enabling farmers to harvest crops in record time with the added environmental benefits of zero emissions at source and significantly reduced operating noise.

Porsche’s newly developed FastFarm App

The Mission E Tractor will also benefit from Porsche’s newly developed FastFarm App, designed to provide 24-hour satellite-based weather updates and a mobile farmers’ forum.

Porsche is confident that the combination of tradition and innovation – and enough power to set a pretty good lap time on the Nordschleife – will make the Mission E Tractor a runaway sales success.

Prototype Porsche Mission E out testing with Teslas
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6 Comments on "Porsche Mission E Tractor Actually Makes Perfect Sense"

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I disagree it’s easy. Tractors work long hours with high power, when it’s most busy at the farm. 200kW for hours and hours.

Sure, in some uses it could work, bit ploughing with electricity is tough on the battery.q

uh no.
Electric tractors are IDEAL. They have the most torque at speeds that tractors typically work at.
However, I agree about going and going. Generally during seeding and harvesting , you go day and night.
That is why it is best to have a series hybrid, with multiple eng-gens. The chance of the electric system failing, esp, if multiple motors, is slim. And if you have 2 or more eng-gens, then even if one goes out, you still go.

A tractor typically has one usecase and in that it operates under maximum load (the farmer would be stupid to use it otherwise because it takes more time). And there a diesel engine actually gets the much mentioned 40 % efficiency. A hybrid, serial or otherwise, would have no benefit but just adds complexity.

And “heaving torque” does not automatically make it useful, because energy is torque times rotations. More torque = more energy. And we’re back to square one, where a tractor uses 200 kW all day for a few days in the year.

If it had a cab, I would assure you that the Irish market would take this seriously.

I would love to see an electric farm tractor! It’s the perfect application, you’d want it to be heavy to counterbalance the implements and the electric motor with it’s monster torque is perfect for pulling.

Yes, yes… but what is the 0-60 time?