CSIR-CMERI making e-tractor;to be priced little over Rs 1 lakh
    Guwahati, Aug 21 (PTI) CSIR-Central Mechanical
Engineering Research Institute on Wednesday said it is
developing a small powered electronic tractor, which will be
the cheapest in Indian market at little over Rs 1 lakh.
     The government-run research and development wing is
targeting to conduct the first trial of the tractor within
next one year at its Durgapur facility in West Bengal.
    "We are working on to develop a battery operated small
tractor of 10 HP power. We are looking to make a less weight
product, which is efficient for farmers having smaller land
parcels," CSIR-CMERI Director Harish Hirani said at a press
conference here.
    Currently, the product is at minimum requirement stage
and the researchers are looking to have the first successful
test run in the next one year, he added.
    "The tractor will be equipped with a lithium battery.
We are at present looking at the strength of the battery to
run a 10 HP tractor. On one full charge, the tractor will run
for one hour," Hirani said.
    Asked about the cost of the tractor, he informed that
CSIR-CMERI is trying to develop it with a production cost of
Rs 1 lakh per unit.
    "However, this may not be the sale price. Usually the
company, which procures the technology from us, sells it with
a premium. For example, our Swaraj tractors were developed for
Rs 1.35 lakh a unit, but it is sold at around RS 2 lakh," the
director explained.
    He said CSIR-CMERI is investing around Rs 30 lakh to
develop the battery operated tractor for the Indian market.
    On charging the tractors, Hirani they are working on
to make solar charging stations in farmlands for uninterrupted
work by the farmers.
    "We are planning to install solar panels in the field
for the farmers, which will have battery charging points. With
an extra battery, the agriculture work by the tractor can go
on for the whole day," he added.
    CSIR-CMERI is known for developing the 'Swaraj' and
'Sonalika' brand of tractors, which are sold by different
companies across the country.
    While 'Swaraj' is owned by Mahindra & Mahindra,
'Sonalika' is produced and marketed by International Tractors
    The research institute has developed various post-
harvest technologies for washing, slicing and drying of
produce and have installed them in many North Eastern states.

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