GE, China's YTO to Produce Electric Tractors
    2012-05-18 19:38:07     Xinhua      Web Editor: Zhang
A Chinese tractor giant has partnered with the United States' General Electric Company (GE) to research and develop energy-efficient and environmentally friendly electric tractors, it was announced on Friday.
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A Chinese tractor giant has partnered with the United States' General Electric Company (GE) to research and develop energy-efficient and environmentally friendly electric tractors, it was announced on Friday.

YTO Group Corporation, also known as China Yituo Group Corp., on May 4 signed an agreement with GE, the American multinational conglomerate, on developing the vehicles, said YTO vice president Wang Kejun in a statement.

It follows a period of a year in which the two firms exchanged techniques and discussed the project.

The tractors are expected to cost 70 percent less to operate than conventional versions with internal combustion engines. And they will be more efficient than their forebears, according to Wang.

After the completion of the program, it is hoped that the new tractors will be able to mow lawns, maintain domestic gardens and undertake light agricultural operations.

YTO, founded in 1955, is a leading agricultural machinery manufacturer in China. It was the country's first producer of tractors, road rollers and cross-country trucks.

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