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Kubota to roll out first fuel cell tractor in 2025, eyeing U.S. and Europe

Exclusive: Heavy-equipment maker sees demand for alternative to diesel, electrics

Kubota wants to power 50- to 100-horsepower tractors with hydrogen fuel cells. (Photo courtesy of Kubota)

OSAKA -- Kubota aims to bring the world's first hydrogen-powered fuel cell tractor to market as early as 2025, Nikkei has learned, as the Japanese manufacturer eyes growing Western demand for zero-emissions machinery.

The Osaka-based company is developing medium to large fuel cell tractors ranging from 50 to 100 horsepower. They are expected to be priced around 40% higher than leading diesel-powered alternatives, though details have yet to be determined.

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