Deere debuts electric excavator at CES

By Mike Brezonick05 January 2023

During a keynote address at CES 2023, John Deere revealed two new technologies – an electric excavator and a high-tech planting system – designed to help customers be more productive, profitable, and sustainable.

Deere 145 X-Tier excavator John Deere unveiled its 145 X-Tier electric excavator at CES. (Photo: John Deere)

“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.”

The 145 X-Tier electric excavator is powered by a Kreisel immersion-cooled battery. Deere acquired a majority stake in Kreisel Electric last year. No other details about the machine were made available.

Deere’s ExactShot system uses a sensor to register when each individual seed is in the process of going into the soil. As this occurs, a robot will spray only the amount of fertilizer needed, about 0.2 ml, directly onto the seed at the exact moment as it goes into the ground.

Deere said that across the U.S. corn crop, ExactShot could save over 93 million gallons of starter fertilizer annually and prevent wasted fertilizer from encouraging weed growth or increasing the risk of running off the field into a waterway.

Deere’s full keynote address can be viewed on John Deere’s CES microsite:

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