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Sowing seeds with agricultural EVs

Author : Steve Hughes, REO UK

01 June 2022

The past decade has been one of rapid growth in the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) for transportation, with Europe becoming the largest market for electric cars for the first time in 2020.

However, we’re still only at the start of our transition to cleaner, greener mobility, with industries like agriculture still relying on diesel-powered vehicles. Here, Steve Hughes, Managing Director at REO UK, explains how the electrification of farming trucks can reduce agriculture’s environmental burden.

A 2020 McKinsey report estimates that over one-quarter of global carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide emissions can be attributed to agriculture, forestry and land-use change – notably, deforestation creating space for agriculture. While there is little research on how much of the global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can be attributed to non-road mobile machinery for farming, energy used to power agricultural machinery is responsible for 1.5 percent of GHG emissions. This may seem like a small number, but it could be as much as 690,000 gigatons of gases per year.

Electrification of farming vehicles could go some way to reduce agriculture’s environmental burden...

Read the full article in DPA's June issue

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