Caterpillar wheel loader

Caterpillar has announced the development of 48V, 300V and 600V batteries for the off-highway machines.

Cat says the lithium-ion technology features a modular design with reuse and recycling as part of the features.

The development program also includes inverters, motors, electronic controls, digital services and other technologies.

Caterpillar will showcase the batteries at bauma 2022 in Munich, Germany.

“Caterpillar has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to sustainability through improvements in our operations and by helping our customers achieve their climate-related goals,” said Steve Ferguson, senior vice president Caterpillar Industrial Power Systems. “Today’s announcement of our battery program is our latest step in combining a wide-ranging inventory of innovations with extensive knowledge of the off-highway industry to offer solutions for a range of power needs, application types, duty cycles and operating environments.”

Caterpillar says 100% of its new products through 2030 will be more sustainable than the previous generation.

“Improved sustainability is a journey, not a destination, and one size doesn’t fit all in determining the appropriate power solution for equipment owners,” Ferguson said. “Our offerings can help customers and end users start improving the sustainability of their operations today through high-efficiency engines, fuels and digital solutions now available for the job site, by extending value and reducing waste over the lifecycle of equipment they already own, and by powering the next-generation of equipment with innovations precisely configured for the job site.”

Caterpillar and other companies are pouring a ton of time and money into developing technologies meant to appease the environmentally-conscious community.