HummingBirdEV’s new all-electric Vehicle-to-Vehicle charging tender truck

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In 2020 California-based HummingBirdEV launched its first all-electric powertrain systems in farm equipment. For a year, four Hummingbird® 65HP electric tractors have been in field-testing working around farms, through harvest, and around the processing plant at Moonlight Companies in Reedley, California. Now the company has a new all-electric Class 6 mobile Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) charging tender truck, delivered to Moonlight Companies last week to begin its field testing phase.

Vehicle to Vehicle Charging (V2V)

Hummingbird tractors were previously being charged solely from a Hummingbird® wall-charger, but now they can be recharged directly in the field / orchard. The tractors are simply paired with an all-electric Hummingbird Class 6 zero-emission vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) charging truck. This eliminates time consuming round-trips back to the charging station; a big advantage – especially during harvest.

The V2V unit is equipped to charge up to two Hummingbird® electric tractors simultaneously in the field in 30 minutes. When the V2V runs low on power, it is driven back to its charging station and recharged.

  • Battery pack capacity: 88 kWh
  • Charging power: up to 40 KW (at Level 2 AC Charging).
  • Maximum charging time: 2 hours, to an 80% State of Charge
    (depending on the grid voltage and current)
  • Maximum speed: 60 MPH
  • Vehicle range: 90 miles per charge

When fitted with a flatbed, the truck can also be used as a utility truck, with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,000 lbs.

Class 6 mobile Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) at its recharging station


Prototype Clean Technology Funding

HummingbirdEV’s initial all-electric powertrain and vehicle prototypes for farming applications are partially funded through a California Air Resources grant awarded to and administered by the 501(c)(3) non-profit Project Clean Air, Inc. (Bakersfield, CA) with funding coming from California Climate Investments for the San Joaquin Valley Electric Tractor Development and Demonstration Project. California Climate Investments creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution.

The farming partners that are testing HummingbirdEV’s zero-emission equipment include Moonlight Companies, Fresno State AG Farm and Ranch Management. These farming partners are and will rigorously field-test the HummingbirdEV all-electric tractors and vehicle-to-vehicle class 6 mobile electric charging truck, with assistance from the Fresno State Transportation Institute.

"These electric tractors from HummingbirdEV are helping us reach our sustainability goals throughout our farming operation." said Ty Tavlan, Moonlight Companies

“These electric tractors from HummingbirdEV are helping us reach our sustainability goals throughout our farming operation.” said Ty Tavlan, Moonlight Companies

 

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Matt has worked in digital publishing for twenty years, holding management positions at Nature (nature.com) and William Reed Business Media (foodmanufacture.co.uk etc.). He has also worked with BBC Worldwide, Centaur Media, UKi Media and Mark Allen Group. Since 2010 Matt has been a digital consultant working with B2B media companies in the agricultural, automotive, aviation, robotics and technology sectors. As Chairman of his local allotment association Matt grows his own food whilst chasing the dream of a one tonne giant pumpkin. He is a member of the British Garden Media Guild and was a finalist in the Garden Media Guild Awards 'blog of the year' category in 2018 and 2019.

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