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.
Akasol provides batteries for KTEG excavators
In Germany, the battery maker Akasol has concluded a framework agreement with construction vehicle maker KTEG GmbH for the supply of the AKASystem OEM PRC battery system. KTEG will use it to equip over one hundred small excavators of the type KTEG ZE85. The framework agreement is valid up to and including 2023.
Northvolt is digging into construction market
Sweden’s young battery powerhouse and Volkswagen partner Northvolt has made a new client in the construction business. Pon Equipment, the Caterpillar dealer for Norway and the Netherlands, orders 90 battery systems from Northvolt for electric excavators, which select customers receive this Spring.
John Deere introduces electric backhoe
John Deere has unveiled the concept of an all-electric backhoe, a type of digger, at an early stage of development. The manufacturer not only wants to promote electric vehicles in agriculture but also on construction sites in the future.
Oxford City Council begins fleet electrification
In England, Oxford City Council has received the first six electric vehicles ordered as part of its Energy Superhub Oxford project. A further 27 battery-electric vehicles, including cars, a street sweeper, an excavator and mix of different sized vans, should be delivered over the next 3-4 months.
Ecovolta presents electric mini excavator
On behalf of Avesco AG, the Swiss battery system manufacturer Ecovolta has equipped a vehicle based on the Caterpillar Cat 301.7 with an electric drive and will supply its battery systems for series production. The mini excavator will be available for order from spring 2020.
Suncar HK Fusion high voltage open for 3rd parties
Swiss company Suncar HK has just launched its Fusion high-voltage distribution system for electrified machines and vehicles, making the systems that are already in use available to third parties. The system is to be available in two standard versions before the end of the year.
Volvo CE to electrify compact machines
Construction machinery manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment announced the launch of a range of compact electric wheel loaders and excavators to be introduced from mid-2020 and the end of the development of new diesel engines for the vehicles.
Hyundai & Cummins making mini electric excavators
Hyundai Construction Equipment (HCE) and Cummins cooperate in the development of electric construction machines. One prototype of a 3.5-ton electric excavator already exists and uses battery modules from Cummins designed for a full eight-hour shift.