No U.S. Plans Yet for a Bobcat Electric Mini-Excavator

September 17, 2019
A Bobcat mini-excavator digs a trench.
Could this Bobcat excavator be joined by an electric little brother in the U.S.?

Middle East Construction News recently reported on a Bobcat electric mini-excavator, the E10e ZTS, coming off the production line in Czechia and destined for a dealer in the Netherlands.

According to Bobcat EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) the E10e is the world’s first 1-ton electric mini-excavator combining zero emissions, low noise, and a width of 27.95 inches, allowing it to pass through standard doors, including elevator doors.

It is slated to be available in the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Austria, and Norway, ME Construction says.

A spokesperson for Bobcat in the U.S. says there are no plans at this point for an introduction in North America, and it was not a subject during the company’s training center dedication in Aurora, Colorado, this week.

The zero-tail-swing E10e has a lithium-ion battery pack and can be operated for up to four hours on one charge.

The Bobcat electric unit comes after Volvo Construction Equipment made a big splash at Bauma in Munich, Germany, last April with its ECR25 compact excavator, part of a well-publicized commitment to phasing out diesels in its compact excavator and wheel loader lines.