Bobcat's electric digger wants to clean up construction sites

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Electric power!

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electric revolution The focus is not only on passenger vehicles, but much more. At construction equipment maker Bobcat, that includes the new T7X truck loader, or what we commonly call the Digger. The new piece of machinery is the first of its kind and debuted CES 2022, Bobcat said its performance will help it to overtake today’s diesel-powered excavators.

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At the core of the Digger is a 62-kW-hour battery pack that provides enough juice to handle 4 hours of nonstop work. If a crew uses it intermittently, it will take a full day to charge it again. Not only does it produce zero emissions, but compared to the diesel-powered model, Bobcat said the T7X offers three times more torque, which is instantaneous thanks to the electric powertrain. There’s 100 horsepower on tap and the Excavator can scoot through at 9.1 mph. The Bobcat has a tipping load rated at 8,571 pounds.

The company thinks the machine will be a hit with more friendlier features than the diesel-drinking excavator. The T7X is nearly silent and produces very little vibration. Even people near a construction site will take advantage of a quiet machine. In addition, fleet operators also have less maintenance to worry about. The electric digger takes up just a quarter of the coolant, compared to 60 gallons of fluid to operate the traditional machine. Like electric cars, there are very few moving parts, which can further reduce maintenance and repair costs.

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There’s no timeline for when we’ll see the Excavator enter production, but Bobcat encourages potential customers to follow along for updates. Surely, with enough interest, we could see that this electric machine would soon become a reality.

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