Decatur, Illinois, is welcoming visitors from all around the world at the annual Farm Progress Show 2017 from August 29th to 31st. This is the largest specialized agriculture fair in the United States. FPT Industrial is present at the New Holland Agriculture booth displaying its technology. At this event, New Holland Agriculture unveils a new concept tractor powered by the FPT Industrial 6 cylinder NEF prototype methane engine, specifically designed for tractor applications.

The development of this powertrain reaffirms FPT Industrial’s commitment to sustainable and tailor-made solutions. The value in natural gas technologies is certified by the more than 30,000 natural gas fueled engines sold all over the world in the last 20 years. Since 1995, the brand has pioneered the adoption of in-house developed stoichiometric technology that ensures the correct air to gas ratio in all working conditions, thus granting clean combustion and low emission. Compared to conventional diesel engines, FPT Industrial’s Natural Gas engines cut pollutants by 80% in overall emissions, reduce vibration and noise (by up to 3 dBA), leading to a 50% reduction in drive-by-noise.

Performance, at the same time, is identical to that of an equivalent Diesel engine, particularly in terms of maximum power and torque. Its durability matches that of a standard power unit, and is complimented by running cost savings of up to 30%. The NEF Natural Gas prototype is an in-line 6 cylinder engine, developing 180 hp peak power and740 Nm maximum torque. It uses specifically developed FPT Industrial technology that minimizes fuel consumption to provide day-long autonomy.

FPT Industrial’s Natural Gas engines can run on compressed (CNG), liquefied (LNG) or renewable forms of natural gas, that can lead to near zero CO2 emissions. Biomethane can be produced from both farm-grown energy crops and from waste products and crop residues. These engines are used for commercial vehicles and buses. Natural Gas engines are available on the F1C, NEF 6 and Cursor 9 engines ranges. These engine families offer solutions ranging from 136 to 400 hp, making FPT Industrial the brand with the widest Natural Gas engine range on the market. All these products enable ultra-low emissions, low noise and high efficiency, and are driven by the principles of environmental sustainability, reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), and diesel-like performance, elements that facilitate interchangeability with diesel applications.