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CSIR-CMERI Developing Cheapest E-tractor, Priced Little over Rs 1 Lakh

Pronami Chetia
Pronami Chetia

CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute is the process of developing a small powered electronic tractor, which will be the cheapest in Indian market at little over Rs 1 lakh, said a report released last week. 

 The research and development institute is expecting to conduct its first trial of the tractor within next one year at its Durgapur facility in West Bengal.  
Harish Hirani, Director of CSIR-CMERI said at a press conference, "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.”  
Currently, the product is a 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.  


While asking 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 was 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 aiming to invest around Rs 30 lakh to develop the battery-operated tractor for the Indian market.  On charging the tractors, Hirani said 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.  
'Swaraj' and 'Sonalika’ are the two known brand of tractors developed by CSIR-CMERI, which are sold by different companies across the country.  
While 'Swaraj' is owned by Mahindra & Mahindra, 'Sonalika' is produced and marketed by International Tractor Limited. 

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