Farmtrac's all-electric FT25G tractor has won the SALTEX Innovation Award in the Environmental and Sustainability category.
Steven Haynes (left), tractor sales manager at Reesink, accepts the SALTEX Innovation Award in the Environmental and Sustainability category from GMA's CEO Geoff Webb
The award celebrates some of the most ground-breaking, innovative products and services within the groundscare industry and this year received over 33 entries in 12 categories.
This win for Farmtrac's all-electric tractor is a big step forward on the path towards fully sustainable machinery in the industry. Steven Haynes, tractor sales manager at Farmtrac distributor Reesink Agriculture, accepted the award at the winners' ceremony on the first day of the show, commenting:
"We are incredibly proud to have received this award from GMA and its judging panel. As the first company to enter the market with an all-electric compact tractor, Farmtrac wanted to ensure that this tractor could perform as well as any diesel compact without any major drawbacks for those choosing to go electric.
"A lot of time has been spent on the design and test phase to ensure that it could meet or exceed the performance levels of the diesel machines with the added benefits that come from being battery-powered. We feel this is something that we have been able to achieve with the FT25G, so to be recognised for this by the GMA is a great accolade for us."
Featuring a 72V lithium-ion battery and onboard charger, the FT25G can be charged from any domestic socket to 100 percent in eight hours for up to seven hours operation. It was on the Reesink e-Vehicles stand at the show which welcomed more participants than ever before at the exhibition taking place in Birmingham on 3-4 November 2021.
The fully sustainable tractor attracted huge interest from attendees keen to see the winning machine which so impressed the award's independent panel of industry experts with its clean energy offering that doesn't compromise on performance or reliability.
For the first time this year, the GMA announced there would be additional innovation categories, including Environmental and Sustainability - the one that made it possible for Farmtrac to reach new heights. GMA CEO Geoff Webb said: "We launched the SALTEX Innovation Award to celebrate the very best in new groundscare technology. The competition has significantly grown year on year, and the Innovation Award has helped to put a wide number of products on the map."