Electric Equipment in Agriculture
Agriculture is one industry where the many electric equipment benefits really stand out. It’s easy to see how reducing emissions can help farmers – your crops and livestock both need clean air to produce.
Here’s how swapping your farm’s fleet to electric can revolutionize your job site.
Noise Reduction on Your Farm
Noise Reduction Hearing Protection Headset. Caucasian Construction Contractor Wearing Sunglasses and Headphones.
Hazardous noise can result in permanent hearing loss. Agricultural equipment and even livestock can generate sounds loud enough to qualify as hazardous. Grain dryers, tractors, loaders, and even chainsaws emit noise that can easily damage an unprotected ear. For instance, the OSHA limit for hazardous sound exposure is 90 dbA. An average tractor can hit 100 dbA.
According to OSHA, workers shouldn’t be exposed to 100 dbA sound exposure for more than 2 hours a day. You’d think you could give your operators appropriate protection, and they could ride your tractor all day long. However, even with the current and regular use of hearing protection, 15% of workers in the Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting (AFFH) sector suffer from hearing loss. This is likely because 74% of noise-exposed workers in that sector report not wearing hearing protection. If you or your staff fall into that category, you’re risking material hearing impairment that impacts your day-to-day life.
With HEVI equipment, there’s no internal combustion engine, and therefore no sound for a muffler to reduce. In fact, the loudest component on our equipment is the radiator fans, which come in at around 73 dbA at startup, already well below the OSHA limit, before getting even quieter. Electric equipment benefits your ears as much as the environment!
Zero-Operating Emissions from Electric Equipment
The most obvious electric equipment benefits are that your crops and livestock won’t have to deal with any emissions.
Each year, agricultural equipment kills 700 people from pollution alone. Diesel exhaust contains what’s known as DPM – diesel particulate matter. Exposure to DPM can experience a variety of effects and illnesses, from dizziness to cardiovascular disease. In contrast, other farm-related fatalities total roughly 400 per year, making diesel a major danger for you and your operators. Although we know air pollution is a major ecological concern, we often forget that people are a part of our ecosystem. This means you and your workers are constantly putting yourselves at risk when operating in a polluted environment.
HEVI’s electric equipment has no operating emissions, of course, so when you get HEVI, you are reducing the physical harm done not only to your workers, but to those around you.
Reduce On-Site Hazards and Liabilities
Acquisition of diesel fuel is a major part of fleet management, and for any operations that require on-site tanks, both the actual and potential costs are very high. Diesel is a hazardous material, and as such its storage is covered by a huge number of regulations that ensure on-site safety. Even after you’ve acquired your permits and paid for the appropriate containers and installed it all, the diesel itself is still a headache and a liability. You’re still managing your equipment idle times, which can cost 15-20% of all the fuel you’ll use on a given project, and making sure to protect the diesel from theft.
HEVI, on the other hand, provides three separate charging solutions, each one free from the difficulties of hazardous material management. To top it all off, idling alone uses barely any battery, giving you a better return on investment for those moments when your logistics are held up.
Electric Equipment Costs Less
Buying electric equipment benefits your wallet as much as the environment!
It’s no secret that internal combustion engines require way more maintenance than electric motors. The sheer number of moving parts, along with the necessary fluids to keep them running, means that your diesel equipment is setting you back a hefty amount. Beyond that, hazardous diesel fuel or other fluid spills can not only wreck your wallet, but also create a huge headache with the EPA. It’s likely that government regulations are already causing a headache for your diesel-based operations.
Without having to maintain your diesel engine and storage components, we estimate a 40% annual reduction in maintenance costs. On top of that, with the price of diesel around $6 a gallon, you’ll save around $70,000* on fuel alone by switching to HEVI’s all-electric equipment.
As you can see, HEVI equipment is perfect for work on the farm. Not only does it bring all the power and utility you need, but it also keeps you and your workers safer and healthier while letting you save money on operating costs.
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*Based on $6 per gallon diesel cost with an operational use of 6 gallons per hour, and 15.45 cents per kWh electricity cost with an operational use of 15 kW per hour. Savings are based on an 8-hour work day, 5 days a week.