The move to EV construction machines continues, as Caterpillar is set to showcase four new electric-powered machines at bauma 2022 later this month in Germany.
Caterpillar says it is focused on providing machines that hit on all key elements of both environmental issues as well as customer needs. Four new prototypes are in the works and will be on display, the 301.9 mini excavator, 320 medium excavator, the 950GC medium wheel loader, and the 906 compact wheel loader.
The machines are powered by an onboard AC charger while an offboard DC fast charging option is in the planning stage.
“Caterpillar is well positioned to help customers reach their sustainability goals, including lowering emissions on the jobsite,” said Construction Industries Group President Tony Fassino. “It’s important we meet customers on their sustainability journey today with a variety of solutions including machines that run on renewable fuels or technology that increases fuel efficiency, as well as supporting them into the future as we power our next generation of machines.”
The batteries are a Caterpillar design and will also be made available to power other applications.
“Our electrified products leverage our deep system integration experience and are designed to meet the performance expectations that customers have come to expect from Caterpillar,” said Joe Creed, Energy & Transportation Group President. “We’re focused on helping our customers achieve the optimal product and jobsite energy lifecycle, allowing them to maximize value and minimize their total cost of operation.”
The 301.9 and 906 are expected to be the first commercially available models.