Have electric vehicles a place on your unit?

The versatility of eHoftrac electric loader, which will be on show at the Practical On-farm Renewable Energy Event at CAFRE's Greenmount Campus on Thursday 29 October is demonstrated to Chris Johnston, AFBI, Nigel Moore and Cathal Ellis, CAFRE, by John O'Boyle and Alex Jagemann from agents Wilsons of Rathkenny.
The versatility of eHoftrac electric loader, which will be on show at the Practical On-farm Renewable Energy Event at CAFRE's Greenmount Campus on Thursday 29 October is demonstrated to Chris Johnston, AFBI, Nigel Moore and Cathal Ellis, CAFRE, by John O'Boyle and Alex Jagemann from agents Wilsons of Rathkenny.

Front loaders or materials handlers are among the most frequently used pieces of equipment on any farm or horticulture unit. In an effort to reduce costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, staff at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) have been examining alternatively fuelled vehicles, to test their suitability in practical conditions.

A Weidemann eHoftrac farm loader was made available on demonstration from a local dealership. This fully electric loader is emission free. There are no exhaust fumes, noise or soot particles in buildings and it can be operated in confined spaces such as glasshouses or dairy units.

The use of the eHoftrac will also reduce your carbon footprint, with a reduction of 43% in emissions compared with an equivalent diesel machine. The full range of attachments available includes a various sizes of buckets, pallet forks, ground planer, sweeper, weed brush, mulcher, mowers including rotary, fence mower, earth auger, fork and grab, round bale transport and unroller, bale spear, feed slide plate, stall planer, snow plough and gritter.

The classic 1160-series Hoftrac Diesel has been used by Weidemann as the basis for the first fully electric eHoftac. One battery charge suffices for a work application of 2–5 hours, depending on the application conditions. The new 1160 eHoftrac banishes emissions from your everyday work, with the latest technology and an environmentally conscious and cost-effective electric drive system.

If you would like to see the machine in action and maybe try it for yourself, it will be on show at the Practical On-farm Renewable Energy event at Greenmount Campus on Thursday 29 October run by CAFRE in conjunction with AFBI and the UFU.

There will also be a series of seminars throughout the day highlighting local case studies of the main renewable energy technologies; wind power, Heat from biomass, biogas production, solar PV, micro-hydro, energy storage and natural pollution control.

A second series of seminars will deal with many of issues facing those considering installing a green energy source. Topics covered will include the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), grid connection, planning, NI Renewable Obligation Certificates (NIROCs), as well as finance and budgeting payback.

In addition, there will be a Trade Exhibition and the opportunity to tour the renewable energy installations at Greenmount Campus. If you are interested in exhibiting in the trade stand area, please contact CAFRE at cathal.ellis@dardni.gov.uk or telephone 028 9442 6793. As space is limited it will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

The event will run from 11.00am until 8.30pm in the evening. For further details, contact David Trimble at 028 9442 6682 or david.trimble@dardni.gov.uk.