At Esclusive 2019, Escorts' annual innovation platform, Escorts Limited announced India's first Hybrid Concept Backhoe and Tractor powered by both fuel and battery, and in the range of 70-75 HP, which can be boosted up to 90 HP with the help of its hybridization feature. This unique ability in a tractor brings to the market a product that reduces the emission and increases the efficiency for the customer. Escort’s smart range of Tractor Driven Mini Sugarcane Harvester and self-propelled spraying technology also re-affirms the company’s thought leadership in the farm mechanization and precision agriculture space.
Escorts' Hybrid backhoe loader concept, India's first, for smarter and greener construction equipment, launched in the range of 50HP engine along with Hybrid technology, which can provide up to 75HP power. The product offers exceptional overall performance with higher productivity, fuel efficiency, and convenience at reduced carbon footprints. The machine has a regenerative mode which sends back the energy to the battery during the excess power available in the engine. It has three working modes – Hybrid, ICE -Diesel and Electric -Excavator only.
Escorts' Hybrid Tractor is an eco-friendly and a cost-effective product with four operating modes. In Hybrid mode, the machine uses two sources of energy: diesel, and electric, to propel the vehicle. In Pure Electric mode, the tractor can run only on batteries with zero emission. In ICE direct mode, the tractor is driven and operated as a conventional tractor with an Internal Combustion Engine. It has three charging modes – Regeneration, when excess power is available while working, ICE (thru Internal Combustion Engine), and plug-in mode, in which the vehicle in stand still position connected to a standard wall socket with a charging device.
Adding to its engineering and innovation prowess, Escorts also showcased India's first multi-utility Rural Transport Vehicle, RTV concept named "Rider” to address the required mobility in rural farming and hard terrain maneuvering. The RTV will also enable applications in haulage, construction, agriculture produce logistics, and various other utility segments, offering a payload capacity of 750 kg and an optional four-wheel drive mode.
Speaking on the occasion, CMD, Escorts Ltd., Nikhil Nanda, said, "After the successful launch of electric and autonomous concept tractors in the last two Esclusive platforms, it is indeed a proud moment for Escorts to have developed India's first concept Hybrid Tractor, Hybrid Backhoe and a RTV this year. Through our focus on innovation and R&D, Escorts has always strived to make world-class technology driven products available to the farming and infrastructure space. These smart technology solutions are developed to cut down on emissions and increasing fuel efficiency boost productivity and agriculture output.