The hybrid WE1850-3 Komatsu wheel loader has an SR hybrid drive system that is fully regenerative, according to the company, and delivers 2,000 horsepower. Operating weight is 592,000 pounds for the standard lift version, and bucket capacity 40 cubic yards. A high-lift version is also available.
During braking or retarding, electrical motors become generators and feed power back into the electrical system. Regeneration reduces fuel consumption by up to 45 percent compared to a mechanical drive loader, and also reduces carbon emissions, according to Komatsu.
The Kinetic Energy Storage System (KESS) works in concert with the SR Hybrid Drive to store significant horsepower captured from braking and direct it to supplement peak power demand.
The LINCS II network control system on the WE180-3 provides real-time feedback and vital statistics, such as bucket height and angle, individual bucket payload, and total tons moved.
The cab was designed to offer excellent visibility, and features digital joysticks and adjustable, heated/cooled seat.
Komatsu WE1850 Specs
- Power: 2,000 hp
- Operating weight: 592,000 lb.
- Bucket capacity: 40 cubic yards