New battery-powered Bobcat T7X unveiled
Doosan Bobcat introduce world’s first all-electric compact track loader to North American market
DOOSAN Bobcat have recently unveiled their new, all-electric Bobcat T7X compact track loader – the first machine of its kind to be fully electric, offering the full benefits of eliminating hydraulic systems, components, emissions, and vibrations – all while providing a cleaner, quieter machine.
Developed for the North American market initially, internal testing and the gathering of customer feedback is planned for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region to identify the machine's wider commercial potential.
Scott Park, president and chief executive officer of Doosan Bobcat, said: ‘We are at the forefront of innovation and proud to debut the all-electric technology of the T7X to help customers maximize both sustainability and productivity. Our focus remains on providing solutions and products that empower people to accomplish more and build a better world.’
The Bobcat T7X is the world’s first all-electric compact track loader. Fully battery-powered, the machine is built to be more productive with electric actuation and propulsion, quieter with high-performance torque, and more powerful than any diesel-fuelled track loader that has come before it – all while eliminating any carbon emissions.
‘This machine is a technological feat for Bobcat and for the entire industry,’ said Joel Honeyman, vice-president of global innovation at Doosan Bobcat. ‘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.’
Commenting on future plans for the EMEA region, Vijay Nerva, head of innovation at Doosan Bobcat EMEA, said: ‘The T7X has been developed for the North American market for now, but it addresses a global need and challenge. We plan to undergo internal testing and gather customer feedback in various countries in the EMEA region this year to better understand customer needs in this market before taking commercial decisions.’
In the T7X, 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. The new, all-electric Bobcat T7X uses just under one litre of eco-friendly coolant compared with around 216 litres of fluid in its diesel/hydraulic equivalent model.
Moreover, the all-electric platform offers instantaneous power and peak torque availability at every operating speed. The operator no longer has to wait for the standard hydraulic system to build up power.
As well as operating with zero emissions and reduced noise and vibration, thereby improving the working environment, the T7X can also significantly reduce daily operating costs, given the reduction in annual maintenance costs and elimination of diesel, engine oil, diesel exhaust fluid, and hydraulic parts.
At the heart of the T7X is a powerful 62kW lithium-ion battery from technology partners Green Machine Equipment Inc. Whilst applications vary, each charge can support common daily work operations and the use of intelligent work modes for up to four hours of continuous operation and a full day of operation with intermittent use.
The intelligence of the 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.