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John Deere Launches Electric Excavator, Precision Planter

John Deere ExactShot robotic fertilizer planter CES 2023

John Deere recently announced two new technologies aimed at helping agricultural operations and construction crews become more productive, profitable, and sustainable. The ExactShot planter and electric excavator were announced recently at CES 2023.

ExactShot lets farmers reduce the amount of starter fertilizer needed during planting by more than 60%, John Deere said. The technology uses sensors and robotics to place starter fertilizer precisely onto seeds as they are planted in the soil, rather than applying a continuous flow of fertilizer to an entire row of seeds.

The electric excavator, powered by a Kreisel battery, aims to provide construction workers and road builders with lower daily operating costs, reduced jobsite noise, enhanced machine reliability, and zero emissions without sacrificing performance and power, Deere said.

John Deere’s new electric excavator can reduce noise and provide zero emissions for construction and road crews.

“Everything we do at John Deere is focused on real purpose and real impact,” said Jahmy Hindman, CTO at John Deere. “This means we’re developing technology that enables our customers to provide the food, fuel, fiber and infrastructure that our growing global population needs.

Additional details of the announcements include:

  • ExactShot uses a sensor to register when each individual seed is in the process of going into the soil. As this happens, a robot will spray only the amount of fertilizer needed, about 0.2 ML, directly onto the seed at the exact moment it goes into the ground.
  • Deere estimates that for the U.S. corn crop, ExactShot could save more than 93 million gallons of starter fertilizer annually, preventing wasted fertilizer from encouraging weed growth or increasing the risk of running off the field into a waterway.
  • For its new electric excavator, Deere acquired a majority stake in Kreisel Electric, which created the battery technology for several mobile and stationary applications. The company’s patented immersion cooling architecture provides improved performance and enhanced safety for battery-powered equipment. In addition, the charging technology results in faster and lower-cost connections to the electrical grid, Deere said.

To view the full keynote address by John Deere at CES 2023, in which these two technologies were launched, visit this website.


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