Motivo's most recent work in agricultural engineering is focused on testing the Greenheart - an automated system that transplants vegetable seedlings.
Motivo's Harvest tractor is a big battery on wheels. It can be charged using a variety of energy sources, and then stores power on-board and delivers it when and where required, whether to work the fields, pump water, power refrigeration, transport products or people, or even to charge a phone.
Motivo CEO Praveen Penmetsa sat down with Automotive Engineering to discuss how his company embraces challenging projects and big, new ideas. He's especially proud of Motivo's HARVEST tractor, the "Swiss Army knife" platform for a range of challenges facing smallholder farmers in Asia and Africa.
Motivo's Harvest Mobile Power Platform could be shared, co-op style, among several farmers. Co-owners would sign out units with an app—some call is the "Uberization" of agriculture. Motivo hopes their success in developing countries will attract the attention of U.S. agriculture.
Motivo's HARVEST—Hybrid Agriculture/Road Vehicles with Electricity Storage and Transformation—is a multi-purpose platform that provides power for plowing, well-drilling, cold storage, and transportation, all while decreasing operating expenses by more than 60% when compared to a diesel tractor.
Praveen Penmetsa, CEO of Motivo Engineering, explains the transformational potential of Motivo's innovative solar-powered Harvest tractor in a recent Forbes interview. Farmers in remote areas will use this machine not only to work the fields, but to store and use power anywhere.
Motivo is developing a “Swiss-Army Knife” system—the Hybrid Agriculture/Road Vehicles with Electricity Storage and Transformation (HARVEST)—that solves a wide range of agricultural mechanization and power-related problems.
The Daily Breeze explains how Motivo Engineering’s electric tractor can be charged via solar or standard power means and also be used as a power source.
After building luxury toys like high-speed electric boats and futuristic three-wheeled motorcycles, the Torrance design studio Motivo Engineering is getting into subsistence farming.
A tricked-out tractor spawned in Southern California could mean an end to dirty diesel generators that farmers everywhere rely on to power operations in the field.
Motivo’s HARVEST system was recently featured in the Los Angeles CleanTech Global Showcase. Motivo also was nominated by Neon Tommy as having one of the top 5 innovative ideas featured at a tech conference.
Praveen Penmetsa of Motivo Engineering discusses their Hybrid Agriculture/Road Vehicles with Electricity Storage and Transformation (HARVEST)—a multi-purpose platform using power from varied energy sources for plowing, well-drilling, cold storage and transporting crops to market.