Kubota aims to reduce carbon emissions from its farming and construction equipment by 30 percent by 2030, joining the growing ranks of 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.
The company also intends to develop models powered by hydrogen fuel cells and make use of biofuels.
Kubota aims to leverage both new power sources and fuels to “help resolve societal issues,” President Yuichi Kitao said.
The goal is to achieve companywide carbon neutrality by 2050, he said.
Source: Nikkei Asia