Seven zero-emission tractors will be deployed to farms in the Bay Area, a first in California.
The tractors are the result of a $ 1 million grant to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District as part of the state’s Agricultural Emissions Reduction Measures Funding Program , or FARMER.
The abandonment of diesel tractors on farms aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“Air District is proud to take the lead in advancing clean technologies, such as zero emission tractors, which is an important and necessary step to achieve our goals of reducing air quality disparities and climate impacts across the Bay Area, ”said Jack Broadbent. , director general of the air district. “The FARMER program is proof that clean technologies are possible in all industries.”
The Aerial District awarded tractor companies Monarch Tractor $ 80,000 and Solectrac by Ideanomics $ 514,688 under the FARMER program to support the creation of battery-powered electric tractors, which are not yet commercially available on a large scale. .
Farms where the tractors will be deployed include Old School Vineyards in Napa, Arroyo Lindo Vineyard in Sonoma, Wente Vineyards in Livermore, The Mushroom Farm in Pescadero and Crocker Estate in Saint Helena.