First introduced at Bauma 2022, the latest developments in powertrain solutions from John Deere Power Systems (JDPS) are set to deliver enhanced uptime as well as improved remote monitoring and diagnostics via the company’s Connected Support solution. Furthermore, with the increased demand for electric and hybrid propulsion systems the company has been developing advanced battery technologies for off-highway vehicles.

“John Deere Power Systems is committed to delivering future-forward powertrain solutions that will give our customers a competitive edge in the off-highway market as they navigate the changing industry landscape when it comes to emission regulations, fuel economy, and productivity,” said Pierre Guyot, senior vice president of John Deere Power Systems.

Battery and Diesel-Electric

The company sees demand growing for batteries as a sole or hybrid propulsion system for off-highway vehicles. The company is investing significant resources in advanced battery technologies for off-highway vehicles as it works toward a future with low- and near-zero-carbon solutions. To help with integrating vehicle and powertrain designs around battery packs, the company has acquired majority ownership in Kreisel Electric (“Kreisel”), a battery technology provider based in Austria that develops high-durability electric battery modules and packs as well as a charging infrastructure platform called CHIMERO.

The company recently announced that it is making an immediate investment in two additional locations to increase the production capacity expansion of Kreisel, beginning with the opening of a new facility at the John Deere Saran factory — the primary manufacturing location for John Deere engines in the European Union. In parallel with this project, John Deere will also invest in battery assembly in the United States to support the growth of its customers and products. This significant capital investment commitment will bring an increase of over 2 GWh to Kreisel battery production capacity between the two new facilities.

The strategic relationship between John Deere and Kreisel will also serve as the cornerstone for electrifying products in the John Deere portfolio and will position JDPS as the preferred expert for OEMs looking to electrify their heavy-duty equipment. The Kreisel Battery Pack 63 (KBP63), a modular battery solution that utilises Kreisel’s patented immersion cooling technology for exceptional reliability, performance, and safety, is on display at the show.

These Next Generation Engines are designed for easy integration and simple maintenance so that operators can stay on the job longer. Image credit:John Deere Power Systems

These Next Generation Engines are designed for easy integration and simple maintenance so that operators can stay on the job longer. Image credit: John Deere Power Systems

Renewable Fuels

With growing interest in sustainable energy, renewable fuels are becoming more widely adopted and readily available. Ethanol and other renewable fuels are showing promising potential when it comes to serving as sustainable low-carbon alternatives to diesel fuel. Within the variety of available renewable fuels, the company considers biodiesel blends, renewable diesel, and ethanol to be leading diesel alternatives that can integrate into heavy-duty equipment.

The company is committed to bringing the most advanced, affordable, and effective renewable fuel solutions to end users. With world-class engineering expertise, John Deere is simplifying the integration of renewable fuels with combustion engines to deliver more value and productivity. To support its goal of providing differentiated powertrain solutions, the company made an equity investment in ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a Chicago-based start-up dedicated to the development of clean engine technology.

John Deere has also ensured that today’s engines have compatibility with renewable diesel fuel like hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO), which is a biofuel made by the hydrocracking or hydrogenation of vegetable oil. Renewable diesel offers a sustainable replacement comparable to diesel fuel.

Next Generation Engines

Leveraging its best technologies in new ways to meet both market and customer demands, JDPS is delivering new levels of reliability, durability, flexibility, and serviceability for a wide array of heavy-duty applications with its next-generation engines.

These Next Generation Engines are designed for easy integration and simple maintenance so that operators can stay on the job longer. They also provide operators with lower operating costs and meet U.S. EPA Final Tier 4 and Stage V emissions regulations.

The Next Generation Engine line-up includes the JD4, JD14, and JD18. With this extended power range, users can put John Deere power and performance into their entire line of equipment, from 36 – 677 kW (48 – 908 hp). The JD14 and JD18 are on display at bauma.

Leveraging Telematic Connections

JDPS is expanding its future telematic technology offerings to John Deere-powered OEM equipment through Connected Support. Connected Support is a proactive monitoring system that helps increase efficiency, profitability, and productivity in the field by providing customer support via John Deere remote monitoring and diagnostic services.

Leveraging telematics will help ensure that OEM machines powered by John Deere engines are kept in peak operating condition, resulting in improved equipment uptime and offering more insights into equipment performance.

JDPS Grows Relationship With NPS Driven GmbH

JDPS has a robust distributor and dealer network that supports OEMs across the world in integrating engine and drivetrain power into a range of off-highway applications. Recently, JDPS grew its relationship with NPS Driven GmbH, a long-term JDPS distributor for Benelux, France, and Iceland. NPS Driven GmbH now serves Germany in bringing advanced and customised off-highway and marine power systems solutions to the German market.

JDPS is located in Hall A4 at Booth 325.

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