Electric Tractor Corp. has its roots in rural Ontario, Canada. About twenty years ago, one small town farm implement dealer had a reputation for introducing innovative field and garden equipment. It brought the unique GE Elec-Trak into the region. This unit was the early standard bearer of the electric powered tractor era. However it used inefficient contact/relay technology, simple on and off switches to run all the functions. The inventive and practical minds at the dealership considered this ‘stone age’ to what was then possible. So they set out to build their own electric utility tractor with the advances available in the computer age.
Central to their new design was a computerized Controller, able to intelligently direct the two independent drive motors and all the safety functions of the tractor. The more they experimented, the greater the value of their tractor grew. They installed a single pressure sensitive foot pedal that signaled the onboard computer to accelerate, slow and stop each of the drive motors. As the tractor was slowed, the batteries received a quick recharge surge, extending tractor run time. They filed patents for the Electric Powered Small Tractor in both the U.S. and Canada and the Electric OX was born.
Many of the first customers were vegetable growers who needed exhaust free equipment to move produce and materials around the narrow aisles of their greenhouses. They also needed the towing and pushing power of a small farm tractor. The Electric OX was an emissions free tractor weighted down with six lead acid batteries that could pull over 3.5 tons and navigate the smallest spaces.
Other uses soon followed including towing people trains in theme parks quietly and fume free and baggage handling in transport terminals. Able to push/pull above its weight class with an extra tight turning radius, the electric tractor made work more comfortable and safer for the drivers and their cargo, whether materials or guests.