New Holland will show the T7.270 Methane Power CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) at Agritechnica. Production is planned to start at the Basildon plant in the second half of next year.

Based on the diesel burning T7.270 long wheel base PLM tractor, power to the CNG tractor comes from the same NEF 6.7l methane-fuelled block as the T6.180 MP, but then with increased output and performance.

Peak torque of the firm’s second methane powered tractor is 1,160Nm and maximum power is 270hp under all conditions. There’s no difference in performance between the LNG and a diesel tractor, is the message.

The design team looked to make the best use of the T7’s larger chassis to maximise on-board gas storage. Main changes include ditching the 400-litre capacity diesel tanks and the SCR unit has also been booted into touch.

There are new cab supports and relocating the battery to the left-hand side frees up space for the larger gas tanks. All told, the 1,265l (219kg on board) capacity is 178% more fuel than the gas powered T6.180 (455l/79kg), allowing the larger and more powerful tractor to complete more working hours between refuelling stops.

T7.270 Methane Power LNG

Not to be confused with the above, the pre-production prototype of the T7.270 Methane Power LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) will also be on the New Holland stand.

We outlined some of the spec a year ago when the methane powered T7 broke cover as a production intent prototype during the CNH Tech Day Phoenix, Arizona, in December 2022 (See here).

With its LNG power solution, New Holland says the tractor will more than double the running time of its current T6.180 Methane Power tractor. This is because using liquefied methane delivers four times as much fuel storage capacity when compared to compressed gas (CNG).

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