The company says that the Tiger Electric tractor is designed in Europe and is manufactured at Sonalika's integrated tractor manufacturing facility at Hoshiarpur, Punjab.
The electric tractor offers the following features
- It is equipped with a 11kW induction motor, which offers 100% torque from the start
- This motor is designed by a German firm - Etrac
- 25.5 kWh compact battery, which is IP-67 rated
- The tractor can be charged in 10 hours and also comes with fast charging facility, which can charge the battery in 4 hours
- The tractor offers a battery backup of 8 hours while operating with a 2-ton trolley
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. Tiger Electric operation is no different than regular tractors making it farmer-friendly while cutting off the fuel cost"
We recently spoke to Mr Syed Mubasheer, the founder of Cellestial mobility, which is a startup that is launching electric tractor in India. But this electric tractor is a first from a large player - Sonalika Tractors.
In India, where an average tractor can cost between Rs 3 lakh to Rs 10 lakh, the Tiger Electric is priced at Rs 5.99 lakh, which seems competitive especially with the fuel savings.
The tractor will offer a 'range' of 8 hours with a 2 ton load while consuming 25 units of electricity. The company claims that the electric tractor will offer savings of upto 75% of the fuel cost, which is impressive.
Sonalika could offer this Tiger electric tractor for the Indian as well as the export market, which would help drive numbers initially. Diesel prices have been moving upwards and fuel costs are a concern for the farmers. We wish the company adds a total cost of ownership data when using the Tiger electric tractor.
Hats off to the forward looking team at Sonalika. We wish tractor giants like Mahindra wakes up and stops this diesel addiction.
And finally team, Sonalika, we loved your tiger electric tractor promotional video :)