Sonalika launches electric tractor at Rs 599,000, commences bookings

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 23 Dec 2020

Raman Mittal, executive director, Sonalika Group with the Tiger Electric. The eco-friendly tractor has a top speed of 24.93kph and a battery backup of 8 hours while operating with 2-tonne trolley.

Sonalika Tractors has launched India’s first field-ready electric tractor, called ‘Tiger Electric’. The company says the eco-friendly tractor has been designed in Europe and developed in-house with proven aggregates to deliver seamless power as well as emission-free, noiseless farming. The Sonalika Tiger Electric is now available for booking at an introductory price of Rs 599,000 (ex-showroom).

The Sonalika Tiger Electric is powered by a state-of-the-art IP67-compliant 25.5 kW natural cooling compact battery. The tractor maker claims it enables one-fourth running costs of traditionally used diesel-engined tractors. The Tiger Electric’s battery can be fully charged with a regular home charging point in 10 hours. The energy efficient Etrac motor is said to offer high power density and high peak torque with zero rpm drop for optimal performance. The German-design motor is claimed to offer high torque for fastest pick-up across any load conditions.

Equipped with the proven Sonalika transmission, Tiger Electric has a top speed of 24.93kph and a battery backup of 8 hours while operating with 2-tonne trolley. As an option, the company is also offering a fast charging system with which the Tiger Electric could be charged in 4 hours.

Sonalika says the availability of extra torque in the working range of the Tiger Electric offers more power that will maximise the farmer’s performance at the fields without fatigue. Tiger Electric assures better comfort for farmers as no heat is transferred from the engine and lesser number of parts make sure that the tractor offers reduced vibration, thereby ensuring lesser product downtime and zero maintenance costs.

Commenting on the new product, Raman Mittal, Executive Director, Sonalika Group, said, “Our promise to every Indian farmer to constantly provide technological evolutions to enhance farm productivity and profitability comes packaged with Tiger Electric, where we have bridged the gap between concept and being field-ready, while keeping pace with global benchmarks in farm mechanisation technology. It is built on the proven tractor platform of Sonalika to guarantee farmer-friendliness and remain easy to use as we progress towards an emission-free, greener tomorrow. Tiger Electric operations are no different than a regular tractor, making it farmer friendly while cutting off the fuel cost. Tiger Electric has the same global technology which is offered to European and American farmers.”

He added, “As the world is moving towards environmental- friendly initiatives, electric vehicles across segments are being eagerly looked upon as alternatives to vehicles that run on fossil fuel. Sonalika’s field-ready Tiger Electric tractor is our commitment to accelerate India’s march towards a greener tomorrow and stay in line with Government of India’s ambitious move of introducing EVs by 2030.”

The Tiger Electric is manufactured at Sonalika’s World tractor manufacturing plant at Hoshiarpur in Punjab. The plant is powered by robotics and automation and rolls out a new tractor in a takt time of 2 minutes.

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