Caterpillar brought its D11 XE dozer to MINExpo to preview its electric drive system. The crawler dozer is currently operating at Caterpillar’s proving grounds in Peoria, Illinois, and will then complete an extensive field validation plan before entering full production. The company did not give a timeline on when the dozer will be available.
Caterpillar is promising low emissions-per-ton dozing with the Cat D11 XE dozer, which is targeting up to 25 percent less fuel costs per bank cubic meter (BCM). It targets up to 20 percent longer engine rebuild cycles than mechanical drive models, and its 60 percent fewer moving parts translates to better machine uptime availability, according to the company.
The D11 XE fully integrates Cat powertrain, Cat electronics, Cat software, and Cat controls for optimized performance. Inherent machine protection reduces component damage for improved reliability. Its updated electronics architecture allows the dozer to take advantage of proven Cat technologies like MineStar Command for dozing, which offers both remote control and semiautonomous dozing.
The dozer’s modular design simplifies maintenance through improved serviceability of the powertrain, according to Caterpillar. Fewer moving parts translates to fewer touches required to maintain the dozer and lower service costs. The D11 XE dozer shares components with mechanical drive models, meaning familiarity for service technicians and fewer parts to stock for equipment managers.