Doosan Bobcat showed an all-electric Bobcat T7X compact track loader at the Consumer Electronics Show.
“Doosan Bobcat is at the forefront of innovation, and we are proud to debut the all-electric technology of the T7X to help customers maximize both sustainability and productivity,: said Scott Park, president/CEO, in a prepared statement.
The Bobcat T7X CTL is fully battery-powered, and the company said it has been designed to be more productive from the ground up with electric actuation and propulsion, quieter with high-performance torque, and “more powerful than any diesel-fueled track loader that has ever come before it....”
“This machine is a technological feat for Bobcat and for the entire industry,” said Joel Honeyman, VP of global innovation. “We challenged the status quo to deliver a connected, all-electric machine designed for power and performance that previously was not possible. We are excited to share this advancement with the world and proud of the hard work that has gone into making this a reality.”
The traditional hydraulic work group has been completely replaced with an electrical drive system consisting of electric cylinders and electric drive motors, which means virtually no fluids. It uses 1 quart of eco-friendly coolant compared to 57 gallons of fluid in its diesel/hydraulic equivalent model, according to Bobcat. The all-electric platform enables instantaneous power and peak torque available at every operating speed. The operator no longer must wait for the standard hydraulic system to build up power, according to the company.
The CTL is powered by a 62KW lithium-ion battery from technology partner Green Machine Equipment, Inc. The company said the battery will support up to four hours of continuous operation time and a full day of operation during intermittent use. A power-management system is programmed to sense when loads are increasing, automatically backing off power when not needed to preserve the total energy use and extend the machine’s runtime.
Doosan Bobcat collaborated with Moog, a worldwide developer of motion control components and systems, to speed up the pace of research and development for electronic control capabilities of the T7X.
“Like Doosan Bobcat, we believe that electrification, automation and connectivity go hand-in-hand,” said John Scannell, Moog chairman/CEO, in a statement. “We are proud to collaborate with Doosan Bobcat and bring our comprehensive set of electrification capabilities, including hardware and intelligent software, to the world’s first all-electric loader. The T7X is an exciting step forward for the construction industry.”