Komatsu readies 13-ton electric excavator in Japan

Nov. 16, 2023
Marketed as a rental machine starting in 2024.

Komatsu Ltd. will make its 13-ton electric excavator available for rental in Japan in early 2024. The PC138E-11, powered by a lithium-ion battery, will be headed to Europe following the launch in Japan, according to the company.

The high-capacity lithium-ion battery is integrated with a cooling system for the battery and electric components, allowing it to achieve long operation time while reducing the rear-end swing radius.

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Komatsu is marketing electric power to a variety of customers, with different machine operating conditions and power supply sources. By deploying the PC138E-11 as a rental machine, the company expects to broaden customer experience with electric power and accumulate customer feedback. 

The release of the Komatsu PC138E-11 is another step in the company’s strategy for market introduction of electrified construction equipment. Hydraulic excavators are the most versatile type of construction equipment, according to the company, and the 13-ton class is used in a wide range of job sites and applications.

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