John Deere & Wacker Neuson to cooperate on compact electric excavators
German construction equipment manufacturer Wacker Neuson and US agricultural equipment manufacturer John Deere have entered into a strategic cooperation agreement. This includes a long-term, exclusive OEM supply contract for mini and compact excavators weighing less than five tonnes and also includes battery-electric excavators.
The excavators will be developed and manufactured at Wacker Neuson’s production plants in Menomonee Falls (USA) and Linz (Austria) according to John Deere’s requirements, primarily for the North American market.
The excavators will be sold under the John Deere brand via John Deere’s global dealer network. It is planned to complete the product portfolio step by step.
The cooperation also provides for technical collaboration between John Deere and Wacker Neuson for excavators in the five to nine tonne weight classes. John Deere will acquire design and technical know-how from Wacker Neuson and develop it further in line with its own requirements.
For its part, John Deere had introduced a concept of an electric excavator model early last year, which has so far been named E-Power. The vehicle matches the performance level of the diesel-powered 100 HP 310L Backhoe loader and offers simple operation, according to John Deere. Wacker Neuson had a bit more head start with their electric excavator model from 2020.