The world’s first fully-electric mini-digger claims it can charge for a whole day of labor
Doosan Bobact unveiled a new, truly groundbreaking electric vehicle. It claims to be the first fully electric mini-digger in the world.
The Bobcat T7X compact truck loader was displayed by the American company at the recent CES technology show in Las Vegas. The new machine joins an existing larger electric excavator (US terminology for a full-size digger) that is part of the growing range of zero-emission industrial machines.
The machine’s new battery lithium-ion battery of 62kWh powers it. This allows for approximately four hours of continuous electric-only operation, or enough to last a whole day, given the breaks for digging and loading.
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The T7X uses electric actuators and motors instead of the hydraulics that power the loading arms. It also uses less fluid than a regular minidigger. Bobcat claims that it requires 0.9 litres of eco friendly coolant, as opposed to 259 litres for a diesel/hydraulic minidigger.
The electric powertrain, as is the case with electric vehicles, provides instant power and full torque. This saves time and makes it easier to do on-site maneuvering. Bobcat claims that it can be used in areas with high noise levels due to its silent operation. It also has lower operating costs. Smart software has been integrated into the T7X, which allows for variable drive speeds and other adjustments to suit different job conditions.
Bobcat will launch T7X equipped with a variety of electric attachments that enable specific tasks. These include an auger to dig holes, an angle brush for sweeping, and a graber for materials.
Bobcat has not provided any information about the price of the T7X or when it will become available. The Korean Doosan Group owns the North Dakota-based company. However, the Czech Republic has a European operation.
The machine is not the first fully-electric mini digger. However, other companies have also developed electric industrial vehicles. British company JCB offers a small electric excavator and is currently working on hydrogen technology to make larger vehicles.