Monarch Tractor Showcases World’s First Electric Smart Tractor at SITEVI
European farmers can come face-to-face with the world’s first fully electric and driver-optional smart tractor, Monarch’s MK-V model.
MONTPELLIER, France – November 28, 2023 – Monarch Tractor, a leader in agriculture innovation and the creator of the Monarch Tractor MK-V, the world’s first fully electric and driver-optional smart tractor, has announced their entrance into the European market and attendance at SITEVI’’s international exhibition for vine, wine, fruit, and olive growing sectors, hosted in Montpellier, France November 28-30.
After great success partnering with renowned US-based wine producers, including those at Constellation Brands and Beckstoffer Vineyards, and being honored as one of Forbes’ ‘Next Billion Dollar Startups’, Monarch Tractor is proud to introduce the MK-V to the European market and share its mission to enable clean, efficient, and economically viable solutions with SITEVI’s attendees from around the world.
The MK-V combines electrification, machine learning, and data analysis to enhance operations by driving labor productivity, increased safety, and significant cost savings. The MK-V has transformed the viticulture industry in the US by becoming a full farm energy platform that is compatible with existing farm ecosystems and creates clear paybacks for vineyard owners.
"As a farmer with family roots in both Europe and the United States we designed our tractor to be able to make a significant impact in both countries," said Carlo Mondavi, Chief Farming Officer and Co-Founder of Monarch Tractor. "We got our start in vineyards, orchards, and livestock in California and saw the incredible impact our tractor had on our farming partners' businesses, not just in financial savings but also in climate savings. To bring our tractor to the heart of food and wine here in France is a dream for our team and our mission!"
With 25 percent of global CO2 emissions resulting from agriculture, the zero-emission MK-V enables meaningful reductions in an industry that has been historically difficult to decarbonize. In fact, reductions for every MK-V employed are equivalent to the removal of 14 passenger cars from the road. While presenting immense environmental value, Monarch estimates that existing customers can save up to 58% of fuel costs through employing an MK-V fleet, all while reducing about 54 metric tons of CO2e emissions for every MK-V utilized.
“Everyone is curious about how the MK-V works, and it’s really exciting to tell them that we get to use it and that it’s working for us,” said Conner Berken, Assistant Vineyard Manager for Beckstoffer Vineyards. “It’s been lasting eight hours of mowing on various terrain, and the days where we have needed to go over to 10 hours, it’s still holding strong and has some extra power.”
Amplifying the MK-V’s capabilities, Wingspan Ag Intelligence (WingspanAI) is a one-stop solution that integrates a farm management system, vehicle position tracking, crop image collection, and automated operations planning into one platform. Monarch Tractor customers can harness the true power of the MK-V with WingspanAI automated operations planning, remote fleet management, tractor performance reports, maintenance diagnostics, and more.
Monarch Tractor will be present at SITEVI at Hall B, Booth B4 A 047 between November 28 and 30, allowing attendees to experience the MK-V and the WingspanAI platform live.
To see the MK-V in action, please reference this video, and to learn more about the Monarch Tractor customer experience, please reference this video. To learn more about Monarch Tractor, please visit www.monarchtractor.com
About Monarch Tractor
Founded in 2018, Monarch Tractor’s Founder Series MK-V is the world’s ﬁrst fully electric, driver-optional, smart tractor that combines electriﬁcation, automation, machine learning, and data analysis to enhance farmer’s existing operations, cut overhead costs, reduce emissions and increase labor productivity and safety. Monarch Tractor is committed to elevating farming practices to enable clean, efﬁcient, and economically viable solutions for today’s farmers and the generations of farmers to come. With cutting-edge technology, global reach, and an experienced team, Monarch is delivering meaningful change for the future of farming. For more information, visit www.monarchtractor.com.
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