The Marut E-Tract 3.0 is a small electric tractor developed by farmer-engineer Nikunj Korat and his brothers in Gujarat with an investment of around Rs 1 crore. As we mentioned, this electric tractor has got the certification of iCAT. The startup informed that the target price of this electric tractor is going to be Rs 5.5 lakh and funds are being sought for its commercialization, investor support and fame subsidy.
ET’s accordingAbout four years ago, there was a wave of electric rickshaws in Delhi, which led Nikunj to think that if on-road vehicles could run on electricity, agriculture could also be electrified.
The Marut E-Tract 3.0 claims a range of 6 to 8 hours on a single charge. According to Nikunj, it can be fully charged in 4 hours. They claim that “whatever application a small diesel tractor can do, the Marut e-Tract 3.0 can.”
Nikunj has received a good amount of support from farmers in his village to develop the e-Tract 3.0, but still, for him to get a good number of customers to pay the target price of Rs 5.5 lakh for his electric tractor be difficult. A small diesel tractor costs around Rs 2.5 lakh.
Nikunj argued to the publication that while the cost of acquisition of this e-tractor would be high, its operation and maintenance cost of over 15,000 hours could be 1/10th that of a similar diesel tractor. The lithium-ion battery pack equipped with LFP (Lithium Iron Phosphate) chemistry incorporated in the Marut E-Tract 3.0 is expected to have a life cycle of 15,000 hours.
Nikunj’s rough calculations say that a diesel tractor consumes about one liter of diesel in an hour, and the cost of running an electric tractor is just Rs 10 per hour.
Nikunj is requesting the Government of India to cover tractors in the FAME subsidy as well, given that India is a large agricultural economy. Reports suggest that if this happens, the subsidy on an electric tractor like the Marut E-Tract 3.0 would be around Rs 1.5 lakh.