The first in Ag Fleet Electrification, with deep roots in ag and energy.
A team that has worked together for over a decade at the intersection of agriculture, energy and technology sets its sites on electrifying the world's fleet of tractors and diesel-powered farm equipment.
For more than a century, the tractor has been the quintessential multi-purpose tool for farming. Just fill the tank and, with a power-take-off, the tractor could do just about any job on a farm. The only catch is that the farmer had little control over the supply and cost of fuel - when prices were high, profits were slim.
Now, with the transition to electrification of transportation, farmers can produce their own energy, buy from the grid when prices are low, store in tractors’ and farm equipment’s batteries, and even sell back to the grid when prices are high.
Tractors and other vehicles and farm equipment turn into multi-purpose tools for the grid--grid tractors--and help farmers make more money, sustainably.
Building on Strong Foundations
Gridtractor is a partially-owned subsidiary of Polaris Energy Services. Building on Polaris’ platform that automates and links hundreds of irrigation pumps to energy markets, the deep experience and knowledge of its team, and reputation for innovation and thought leadership in agricultural energy, Gridtractor is accelerating the electrification of farm equipment.
Gridtractor's founding team brings a unique blend of technology and business capabilities, from the simple field valve to the most sophisticated ag energy platform and from the first small contract to global strategy.
David is an energy industry leader with a track record of commercializing renewable and energy management technologies. Before being named CEO, David led the expansion of the Polaris software platform to integrate agricultural irrigation with dynamic energy markets.
David learned early on to always set the parking brake on a tractor, even on what seems like level ground, when he found himself running after a 1960’s vintage Ferguson pulling a wagon with ten field hands who he was supposed to deliver to a pecan grove during harvest in Israel.
Ag Energy Engineer
Mike is an enterprising engineering leader with deep experience spearheading the development of industrial software, hardware and communications systems from conception to final product rollout. He co-founded Polaris Energy Services, built its Pump Automation Controller (PAC), NOC software and web-based SCADA system and led development of its grid integration software and customer applications.
Mike got his first shot at plowing on his family farm, on a quarter-section sized field of ‘heavy gumbo’ along the banks of the Yellowstone river. Driving an Oliver, within 20 or so passes, the furrow looked like a snake trying to eat itself. HIs ole man, giving advice (if ‘wtf’, is advice), said “shave heavy on one side of the furrow, less on the other, end of field, furrow straight as an arrow.” Mike brings that wisdom to Gridtractor to ‘shave heavy when energy prices are low, and less when high.’
Nic is a serial energy entrepreneur with a track record of identifying white space opportunities, building and scaling companies to capitalize on them and delivering superior returns to their investors. He co-founded Polaris Energy Services, delivered its first contracts, revenue and research grant before stepping into an Executive Chairman role.
Nic was unaware of the benefits of a tractor growing up in rural Colorado so he had to buck bales into the truck the old fashioned way….with his legs and arms. With seasonal hay fever and a healthy aversion to snakes, he was a sneezing mess who was known to jump randomly at snake-like sticks.