As part of Glastonbury‘s efforts to make their Worthy Farm home carbon-neutral, four Land Rovers working on the site will be converted to fully-electric power.
With many farmers looking to decarbonise and no four-wheel-drive equivalent to the classic Land Rover, conversion specialists Electrogenic will be retrofitting existing diesel vehicles with electric power and removing the internal combustion engines.
In a statement, organisers said: “As part of our efforts to move Worthy Farm closer to net-zero carbon, we’re excited to announce that we’re working with Electrogenic, Cardiff University and Innovate UK to convert working farm vehicles from fossil fuel engines to fully electric.
“Over the next nine months, Electrogenic will be converting four working Land Rovers to all-electric.
“The vehicles will be running around the farm doing the usual jobs while we capture as much data as possible, allowing Cardiff University to build a computer model to predict how the vehicles will perform on other farms and in other environments.”
“Worthy Farm has already introduced solar panels and an anaerobic digester, both of which help us to create clean, renewable energy that supports the farm, local houses and elements of Glastonbury Festival.
“That power will also be used to charge the new electric Land Rovers.”
Innovate UK Executive Chair Dr Ian Campbell said: “In these difficult times we have seen the best of British business innovation. The pandemic is not just a health emergency but one that impacts society and the economy.
“Electrogenic, along with every initiative Innovate UK has supported through this fund, is an important step forward in driving sustainable economic development. Each one is also helping to realise the ambitions of hard-working people.”
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