Electric Tractor Inc. (ETi) is a private corporation registered in Ontario, Canada with a 30 year success record in electronic research and development. The Company is entering the final phase of development of the all new Electric OX2 line-up. Recent investment has focused design engineering of a new generation of the electric tractor built on the strengths of the original Electric OX while applying the latest technology. The result is a whole new work experience accentuated by a radically new body design. While final prototypes are completed in the lab and pass their performance and safety tests, the assembly plant will be prepared and commissioned. First deliveries will follow soon after. Current projections are early 2019.
Two models of the OX2 will soon be serving the special needs of both the commercial and residential markets. Whether the job calls for the simple and hard pull and tow work in warehouses, terminals and greenhouses (our eTow model) or a whisper quiet tractor that will perform multiple tasks around the property of homes, estates, institutions and public spaces (our eTasker model), the dependable Electric OX is back and better than ever, in both form and function .
About twenty five years ago, an inventive farm implement dealer in rural Ontario saw the opportunity to bring the advantages of putting computer power into an electric tractor. Central to his design was a software controller, able to intelligently direct the two independent drive motors and all the safety functions of the tractor. The more his team experimented, the greater the tractor’s value grew. A pressure sensitive foot pedal signaled the on-board computer to accelerate, slow and stop each of the two drive motors. As the tractor was slowed, the batteries received a quick recharge surge, extending tractor run time. Patents for the Electric Powered Small Tractor were filed in both the U.S. and Canada. The Electric OX was born.
Many early customers were greenhouse vegetable growers who needed exhaust free equipment to move produce and materials around the narrow aisles of their greenhouses. They also needed the towing and pushing power of a small farm tractor. The Electric OX was emissions free, weighted down with six lead acid batteries that could pull over 3.5 tons and had a steering system able to navigate the smallest spaces.
Other uses soon followed including towing people trains in theme parks quietly and fume free and baggage handling in transport terminals. Able to push/pull above its weight class with an extra tight turning radius, the electric tractor made work more comfortable and safer.
As word spread about this fantastic ‘little electric tractor that could’, customers contributed their own ideas. They wanted more capability. They asked for work equipment to be out front where the operators could better see what was happening, be it sweeping a convention center floor, mowing a lawn or grading a gravel path. Customers wanted interchangeable attachments. Thanks to a remarkable auto-latch system for the front-mount implements, the birth of a true utility, multi-purpose tractor arrived. Switching equipment was as easy as lining-up the tractor’s latching arms with the equipment and locking it in place controlled by a button on the driver’s console.
Customers saw the potential in the tractor becoming a mobile electric power source. The 110V/120V outlet became a popular option so electrical power tools from drills to hedge clippers to lighting could work anywhere the Electric OX could go.
So many of the best advances started with input from our customers. Now it’s part of our business model. We call it “Customer Defined Innovation” (CDI).
Home owners soon discovered the Electric OX for managing their own property, with lawn cutting as the prime purpose. The front deck mower with its three rotating blades, each powered by its own electrical motor, gave a superb cut. The blade tips rotated at 3,600 rpm discharging finely chopped mulch. Why use a bagging system when the nutrient-rich clippings could be immediately cycled back into the soil? Gardeners and soil microbes loved it. Sales grew again.
Its versatility to do work far beyond lawn care made it a hit for those wanting more than a riding lawn mower. The Electric OX was a sweeper, a grader, a snow thrower, a cart puller and more. With the inverter outlet option, electric corded power tools could be used anywhere the OX could go. Just like the weed eater shown above. Soon some 200 units were quietly working on five continents.