It has proven to be quite a challenge to fully build self-driving car capable of navigating the roads of our nation. It will be a little easier to complete the drone mission off the beaten path. Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Technology Group, has announced plans to build self-propelled electric tractors at its factory in Lordstown, Ohio, a location that some future vehicles have already been builtnotably Lordstown Motors Endurance Pickup Trucks and Fisker Pearl.
Foxconn is the world’s largest electronics manufacturer. Monarch Tractor’s MK-V Series is said to be capable of operating both manned or unmanned. Before production begins in Ohio, the first versions of the tractor will be assembled at Monarch’s Livermore, California, facility. Praveen Penmetsa, co-founder and chief executive officer of Monarch Tractor, said: “Creating the industry’s most advanced tractor required an experienced manufacturing partner to rapidly scale and execute. with high precision.
With a base price of only about $60,000, the Monarch MK-V Series is equipped with an electric motor with a maximum capacity of 70 horsepower. On its board the battery pack offers “up to” 10 hours of activity, although that certainly depends on the type of work it is being used for. Hot-swappable batteries are also possible, theoretically allowing 24 hours of operation.
They are not electric, but Self-propelled service from traditional tractor brands such as Case and New Holland have long been developed, and John Deere shows off its fully autonomous 8R model in January at CES, with plans to produce a 410-horsepower tractor by the end of the year.