Producers considering a new model year 2023 John Deere 8 Series tractor, now have more options available for its transmission with Deere’s new Electric Variable Transmission (EVT). The technology, recognized with a gold medal at Agritechnica 2019, will now be available on all 410-horsepower machines including 8R, 8RT and 8RX models. Benefits of the new transmission include stepless transmissions for infinite speed control from 0.05 to 50km/h as well as making it easier to drive. Instead of hydrostatic motors, the EVT has electric motors which improve transmission performance, reliability and increased efficiency. John Deere Australia/New Zealand production system manager Ben Kelly said the EVT would likely becoming the transmission of choice for customers moving forward, with the numerous benefits it offers the 8 Series in performance and efficiency. “This includes greater reliability and longevity, as well as better overall tractor control, in addition to a system built for easy serviceability and diagnostics,” Mr Kelly said. “Customers will also notice the EVT operates more quietly than an IVT, for greater operator comfort.” Additionally, producers can add electric power generation capable of offboarding electricity to power implements on 8 Series’ equipped with EVT. This is the industry’s only transmission that enable electric power generation (up to 100kW), to allow farmers to power implement fan drives, take the place of implement hydraulic pumps or assist the tractor by powering the implement’s axles. “EVT technology can also contribute to reducing wheel slip, improving up-hill performance and enabling the tractor to pull wide implements without the need for extra ballast or a larger tractor, and does this offloading electricity to deliver additional power to the implement,” Mr Kelly said. The new transmission is an option available on MY23 8 Series tractors. For more information, contact your local AFGRI Equipment branch today.