Bobcat teases electric compact track loader at ConExpo

Bobcat Company is developing a fully electric compact track loader.

The T76e electric compact track loader made its first public appearance at ConExpo as a prototype machine.

Bobcat is building the electric loader to provide a solution for emissions-free, fully electronic operation so customers can be ready for tomorrow’s jobsite demands.

“Bobcat Company is continuing to revolutionize the compact equipment industry with the introduction of new electric prototype machines and an all-electric concept machine,” the company said in a news release. “With these new solutions, Bobcat is proving that battery electric solutions can deliver the expected performance, uptime and versatility that operators need while also providing the comfort and ease of use that they demand.”

A major innovation in the T76e is controllability of horsepower and performance through electronic mechanics instead of the traditional hydraulic and diesel system. The loader will be foundational for innovations that will change compact equipment in a number of ways, from improved productivity and enhanced precision to more intelligent machines that bring new capabilities to the jobsite.

Alongside the electric compact track loader, Bobcat also display two other electric prototype machines: the S70e electric/hydraulic loader and the E10e and E17e electric/hydraulic excavators.

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The machines deliver zero emissions, lower noise levels as well as comparable and sometimes better performance to the diesel machines virtually anywhere, including indoor demolition or urban construction jobsites.

Equipped with a ruggedized lithium-ion battery, operators can get a longer runtime between daily charge cycles, supplying steady power before recharge is needed. These new machines will perform the same as diesel models with fewer maintenance needs.

“We are thrilled to show ConExpo attendees from around the world what compact equipment and our industry will look like in the years to come,” said Doosan Bobcat chief executive officer Scott Park.

“We will demonstrate our innovative products and technologies and share our strong commitment to helping people – our customers, dealers and communities – accomplish more.”