Methane tractor earns special mention in TIME’s Best Invention List 2023

  • Every year for over two decades, TIME editors have highlighted the most impactful new products and ideas, recognizing products, software and services that are solving compelling problems in creative ways
  • T7 Methane Power LNG represents the continued growth of New Holland’s Clean Energy Leader journey, with new developments of Methane Power tractor


  • It was presented during CNH Tech Day in December 2022 as a production intent prototype

This year’s special mentions list featured 50 inventions recognized for their unique impact.

The list is curated by TIME’s editors who look for inventions across several categories – including technology, beauty, entertainment, health care. TIME selects innovations that are solving compelling problems in creative ways. This year, TIME has been expanding their categories in response to the rapidly-changing progress in fields such as artificial intelligence, sustainability and more, paying special attention to growing fields—such as the electric vehicle industry, green energy, and the metaverse.

Carlo Lambro, New Holland Brand President said: “It’s an honour to receive such a prestigious recognition from TIME, a publication with an esteemed legacy in journalism. This Mention reflects the long commitment New Holland has in sustainability and our role of leadership in the agricultural sector. This award is a milestone for the company so congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to achieve such incredible results.”

New Holland’s T7 Methane Power LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) tractor is an industry first and the latest development in the brand’s Methane Power tractor offering. It offers farmers unparalleled performance for an alternative fuel tractor while also boosting overall farm sustainability. With its LNG power solution, this tractor more than doubles the autonomy capability of the current methane powered range: using liquefied methane delivers four times as much fuel storage capacity when compared to compressed gas (CNG). With fuel autonomy for a working day and with its 270hp, there’s no difference in performance between the LNG and a diesel tractor.

The LNG tractor can be fueled by fugitive methane, strategically captured from livestock waste slurry lagoons. The methane is converted into fuel-grade liquefied natural gas (LNG) using patented cryogenic processes solving the low boiling point challenge historically seen with this fuel source.

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