New Holland XPower XPN: Electric weed control solution for vineyards
New Holland Agriculture expands the XPowerTM family of electric weed control solutions with the new XPN concept for narrow vineyards integrated into the New Holland Braud 9000N forwarder. The new solution builds on the experience gained with the XPS electric weed control solution for large vines over the past two years.
The XPN concept includes a generator drive powered by the load-sensing hydraulic circuit of the carrier. It is also equipped with a new applicator specifically adapted to the requirements of narrow vineyards in terms of weeding width and adaptability to the grape varieties encountered, for example in Champagne.
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XPN integrated in the carrier
The XPN will be integrated into the stand, with the installation of two pairs of applicators on the machine’s original tool holders in combination with the use of its IntelliView IVTM interface. The use of XPower technology offers growers an alternative to chemical herbicides and tillage for weed control.
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The XPower XPN concept is the result of a collaboration between AGXTEND, New Holland and Zasso (all part of CNHi). Ludovic Munoz, CNHi’s XPower product manager, said the machine will be officially launched for the 2023 season in narrow vineyard regions, starting with EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).
The price of the XPower XPN, which can be driven on public roads and is to be sold to end users and contractors, is not yet defined, Munoz says. According to him, the driving speed is between 2 and 4 km / h, and the capacity of the machine in terms of acres per hour will be comparable to that of a mechanical weed control solution.
Autonomous driving system
Ludovic Munoz said that we can expect more electric weed control solutions integrated into New Holland machines: “Yes, please wait a few months. When asked if there are any plans to develop an autonomous driving system for the XPower XPN, Ludovic said, “It’s confidential.”