Last week saw the world’s largest construction machinery trade fair take place in Munich, Germany. Attracting over 620,000 visitors from around the world, exhibitors at bauma unveiled new products and innovations to the trade fair’s global visitors.
Amongst digitization, sustainability and efficiency, one of the most dominant trends was electrification. From exhaust gases to noise—the global construction machinery industry is facing increasing pressure to avoid emissions. Customers are preferring environmentally friendly options bringing about a clear and dedicated business need for zero emission and low noise machinery.
Coupled with European Stage 5 Regulations and low emission zones in cities around the world, many global players are already on the road to electrification.
Here’s our top electric finds…
Snorkel SL26E Speed Level
Providing a glimpse into the future of the company’s product development projects, Snorkel previewed its first-ever lithium-ion powered aerial lift. The new zero emission SL26E Speed Level will be powered by 17kWh Hyperdrive lithium-ion battery pack with an integrated battery management system (BMS), the SL26E will deliver extended duty cycles for longer, continuous operation on the jobsite.
The use of maintenance-free lithium-ion battery packs reduces running costs by up to 95% when compared to an engine, and are shown to last up to twenty-times longer than lead acid batteries. The zero emission, lithium-ion batteries also deliver significantly less jobsite noise making the new SL26E 60% quieter than the existing Snorkel SL26SL.
Mecalac E12 Excavator
The E12 is Mecalac’s first electric excavator for use on urban building sites that is compact and environmentally friendly. As the electric version of the 12MTX, the internal combustion engine now houses LiFePO4 battery technology with 146 kWh capacity. Designed for range, performance and compactness, the new excavator has 2 electric motors, an 8 hour range and takes 6-7 hours to fully recharge.
The e12 is the first of a series of electric products from Mecalac, with the company focusing on compact machines used in urban settings.
Bobcat E10e Excavator
Bobcat has unveiled its first fully electric, 1 metric ton mini-excavator. With zero tail swing, the new E10e is based on the company’s successful conventional off-highway vehicle – the E10. With a width of 72cm, no emissions and low noise operation, the machine can easily pass through standard doors as well as enter and exit typical lifts – making it ideal for indoor applications such as demolition and basement construction.
Powered by lithium-ion batteries, it can be used in in noise-restricted areas such as hospitals, schools and urban areas.
Volvo Construction Equipment EC300E Excavator
Following the recent announcement that Volvo CE is to launch a range of electric compact excavators (EC15 to EC27) and electric wheel loaders (L20 to L28) in 2020, it becomes the first construction equipment manufacturer to commit to an electric future for its compact machine range.
Making its debut at bauma was the EC300E, the company’s first hydraulic-hybrid excavator. Featuring unique hydraulic hybrid Volvo technology, the EC300E Hybrid utilizes the boom down motion to charge accumulators, with the stored energy used to drive assist motors which power the hydraulic pump. The result is a 12% to 17% increase in fuel efficiency while delivering all the power and performance you would expect from a conventional EC300E. Cleaner and greener, the EC300E Hybrid reduces CO₂ emissions by 10 to 12% making it a more environmentally friendly choice, especially when working in built-up areas.
Ready to go electric?
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Not only does this save many years and potentially huge sums of money on inhouse R&D, but by making the speedy transition to electrification, you can begin to see other savings such as lowered maintenance and fuel costs almost immediately. Not only that, going electric has multiple benefits for your customers, from improved operator comfort, reduced noise pollution, and enabling 24/7 operations in city centres, residential areas, near schools and hospitals with zero disruption.