Monarch Takes Flight

Scott Wine, CEO, CNH Industrial, adds: “This partnership underscores our commitment to rapidly improving our alternative propulsion and precision-farming portfolio.”

The Monarch tractor acts essentially as an in-field hub for data collection and observation, and even operates as a powerful generator and a local source of electrical power.


But, it’s very much a tractor for conventional operations. The Monarch will create alerts, provide actionable information, as well as give managers close insight into what is going on in a field. For example, the Monarch incorporates a microweather station that, among climatic conditions, monitors wind speed. The platform will cease spraying operations if wind conditions around the Monarch exceed either preplanned or regulatory parameters for pesticide applications.

“[The Monarch tractor operates] on settings for your farm, in real time, adjusting for your operation and still you in control,” Penmetsa leaving explains. “Our pitch to farmers is that you have a most experienced tractor driver, someone who has been around for a long time. Let’s elevate him to fleet manager. You get your best tractor driver’s settings across whole fields.”

10 Key Features of the Monarch Tractor:

Monarch is focusing on compact tractors because it’s the most common platform in the world. It is a fast-growing segment in the United States, where compact units are typically used more than 100 days per year. Here are 10 of its major features:

1. The tractor is 100% electric and has zero tailpipe emissions.

2. It resembles a compact tractor but is narrower and slightly longer. The hood features a uniquely designed, stamped cargo carrier to carry supplies, such as an ATV.

3. The electric drivetrain is capable of providing 40 hp (30 kw) of continuous power and short-duration peak power up to 70 hp (55 kw). It has the capabilities to be a powerful generator in the field.

4. The PTO (540 rpm) and three-point hitch — 2,200 pounds of lift — are comparable to a conventional diesel tractor of the same class.

5. Its hydraulic capacity, 12 gallons per minute, equals or exceeds conventionally powered units of the same size.

6. Because it is electric, the Monarch has two times as much torque as comparable units.

7. The electric tractor is powered by a large battery with 10-plus hours of operating time. Under high workloads, the battery gives managers four to five hours of operation — enough time to complete a field shift in California.

8. A battery recharge requires up to five hours. However, Monarch sells an optional, swappable battery pack. The swap can be performed by one person in 10 minutes.

9. The tractor can perform preprogrammed tasks without a driver, or an operator can use Monarch’s interactive automation to have the tractor follow a worker on the job.

10. The Monarch tractor can work with farmers’ current implements, as well as the next generation of smart implements. Sensors and imaging are processed to provide critical data points used for real-time implement adjustments.

Monarch tractors are assembled in Livermore, California. The base price is $50,000. The swappable battery pack is $15,000. A 4WD version is being field-tested, and Monarch plans to introduce additional platforms in both higher- and lower-horsepower ranges, as well as a tracked version to negotiate, for example, the steep contours of the West Coast vineyards.


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