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Climate Change

Kubota aims to cut tractor and excavator emissions 30% by 2030

Introduction of electric models part of push to go carbon neutral companywide

A Kubota electric tractor. The company is Japan's biggest maker of farm machinery.

OSAKA -- Kubota aims to reduce carbon emissions from its farming and construction equipment by 30% between 2020 and 2030, President Yuichi Kitao told Nikkei, joining the growing ranks of Japanese companies pushing to decrease their carbon footprint.

Europe has imposed tough restrictions on diesel fuel typically used in agricultural and construction equipment. Kubota plans to offer electric versions of mini excavators and compact tractors used to maintain parks and similar tasks. The electric version of the equipment will be manufactured in Japan or Germany starting in 2023.

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