This Uxbridge farmer is ditching diesel for a solar-powered tractor

Farmer Tony Neale sits atop his electric tractor, which he charges using solar panels installed on his farm near Uxbridge in 2018.Farmer Tony Neale sits atop his electric tractor, which he charges using solar panels installed on his farm near Uxbridge in 2018.  (MARCO CHOWN OVED / TORONTO STAR)

“It’s silent. There’s no exhaust. You can hear the birds and talk to people working in the fields. You can feel the wind on your face and smell the fresh country air.”

The tractors — which have the equivalent power of a 40 horsepower diesel engine — run for five to eight hours on a single charge and will eventually retail for around $40,000 (U.S.), which Neale says is a similar price tag to a new diesel tractor.

“But the operation is 10 times cheaper,” he said. “There are no fuel costs and little to no maintenance.” MORE

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