Hybrid Vehicles with Exportable Power for Community-Based Agriculture Mechanization

Motivo is developing a “Swiss-Army Knife” system—the Hybrid Agriculture/Road Vehicles with Electricity Storage and Transformation (HARVEST). It's a multi-purpose platform that provides power for plowing, well-drilling, cold storage, and transporting crops to market, from energy sources like solar panels, wind turbines, micro-hydro turbines, or the grid to enable increased productivity along the agriculture value chain. The system is operated at the community level through mobile technology.

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Motivo’s HARVEST prototype is now functional and undergoing testing in California. The HARVEST prototype is being tested in small fields and nurseries. Motivo continues to work on upgrades to make the tractor more functional and is close to deploying HARVEST to Indian farmers.

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Although farm productivity in India has grown steadily over recent decades, crop yields are still just 30–60 percent of the best crop yields in many other countries. Agricultural productivity could be significantly boosted by creating more accessible agricultural machinery, and by providing a mobile energy source that runs on inexpensive renewables to meet multiple farm needs such as harvesting, cold storage, and transportation.

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Motivo is developing a “Swiss-Army Knife” system—the Hybrid Agriculture/Road Vehicles with Electricity Storage and Transformation (HARVEST)—that solves a wide range of agricultural mechanization and power-related problems. HARVEST is a multi-purpose platform that provides power for plowing, well-drilling, cold storage, and transporting crops to market. The system utilizes power from varied energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, micro-hydro turbines, or the grid to enable increased productivity all along the agriculture value chain. The entire system is operated at the community level, and facilitated by mobile communication technology for scheduling, billing, and payments.

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Motivo Engineering specializes in electro-mechanical systems to solve complex challenges across diverse market segments. Motivo’s partner, the KVK Foundation, will draw on their extensive rural development experience in India to introduce new technologies to rural villages, while its partner Feuerlabs will offer their expertise in remote data connectivity to develop a management platform for new technologies.

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HARVEST democratizes opportunity in agriculture by making available to entire communities huge gains in productivity that are enabled through mechanization and reliable power. Varied energy sources will reduce reliance on increasingly-expensive imported diesel, and the system itself will create new skilled jobs for men and women in rural areas in deploying, managing, and maintaining the HARVEST equipment.

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