BOBCAT INTRODUCES ALL-ELECTRIC COMPACT TRACK LOADER
With the introduction of the all-electric T7X compact track loader, Bobcat is advancing the future of how work is done while eliminating carbon emissions. Built to be more productive from the ground up, the fully battery-powered machine features electric propulsion, runs quieter with high-performance torque, and is more powerful than a diesel-fueled track loader.
“This machine is a technological feat for Bobcat and for the entire industry,” says 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.
At the heart of the new T7X is a 62-KW lithium-ion battery. Depending on the task, each charge can handle up to four hours of continuous operating time. The power management system is programmed to sense when loads are increasing and will automatically back off power to preserve energy use, extending the machine’s runtime.
The all-electric platform enables instant power and peak torque available at every operating speed, which means no waiting for the system to build up power.
Because an electric drive system – which includes ball screw actuators and electric drive motors – replaces the traditional hydraulic components, this machine requires virtually no fluids. In fact, it uses only one quarter of coolant compared with 57 gallons of fluids in its diesel/hydraulic equivalent. By eliminating diesel, engine oil, diesel exhaust fluid, and hydraulic parts, daily operating costs are significantly lower.
In addition, the compact track loader is 10 times quieter than the similar diesel/hydraulic version.
Also a smart machine, the T7X incorporates software connectivity via two-way telematics communications. Integral data about the performance of the machine, along with operator-focused data to change machine preferences, tune the performance to certain job situations, and upgrade product features, including variable drive speed at full torque are provided through the platform.
Still in development, Bobcat plans to introduce all-electric power attachments including an auger, an angle broom, and a grapple.
The company has also entered a strategic partnership with Sunbelt Rentals. Based in North Carolina, the rental equipment company plans to invest in a large fleet of Bobcat T7X compact track loaders and electric compact excavators. The machines will be co-branded and will be available in this year. With more than 1,000 locations, Sunbelt Rentals will be the first national equipment rental company to adopt battery-electric technology, making it available to customers.
“The addition of this first-of-its-kind, all-electric technology into our fleet will help us meet our sustainability goals, as well as benefit the companies and communities we serve by providing a cleaner environment through emissions and noise reductions,” says Brendan Horgan, CEO of Sunbelt Rentals. “Sunbelt Rentals is leading the way through the largest electric-powered rental fleet in North America and a commitment to build a more sustainable future.”