Research & Development

The ‘Evolvable’ Tractor

As man has evolved, so to has the Electric Tractor. The Electric Tractor’s new modular design was conceived to ease the assembly process and improve quality control during the manufacturing process by our parts suppliers.

Eureka!

What we discovered was an opportunity to introduce a profoundly new concept in tractors…one that offers enhanced performance and extended working life as improvements are introduced on future model years. Here’s how:
Major components and software features can be upgraded to current model capability. The Electric Tractor OX2 will be fully upgradeable, making obsolescence obsolete. As our R&D brings new products to market, ‘evolvable’ technology will be top of mind.

OX2 owners benefit from a lower lifetime cost of ownership and a longer operating life by virtue of its ability ‘to evolve’ to the latest performance features.

Collaboration Means Acceleration

At ETi, R&D is truly a collaborative process. Because of precious and limited resources at this stage in our business growth, it must be. Multiple projects continue to bubble thanks to the technology, brain power and enthusiasm from staff and students of the Niagara College’s Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre and Conestoga College’s School of Engineering and IT. With financial support from the Government of Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and regional industry partners loaning their expertise and hi-tech tools, we have an R&D model that is responsive, cost-effective, synergistic and shrinks the development cycle.

The OX2 is more than a remarkable looking electric tractor, it is a remarkable performing one too. With prototype testing completed by the summer of 2018, manufacturing start-up quickly follows.

With a world of opportunities awaiting our student team members on graduation, we just hope to snag a few for a future at Electric Tractor.