Bobcat Company has unveiled a prototype of the world’s first electric skid steer, the Bobcat S7X.
The electric skid steer was introduced at ConExpo, alongside its new concept track loader, the Bobcat RogueX.
“We invented the skid steer industry more than 65 years ago,” said Joel Honeyman, Doosan Bobcat Vice President of global innovation. “So, we said ‘let’s reinvent it. Let’s take all of that electric technology and put it to work’.”
The S7X follows the 2022 release of the Bobcat T7X, the world’s first all-electric compact track loader.
Bobcat has unveiled several new innovations in recent years with a focus on alternative-energy, autonomous operations and digital technology.
“At Bobcat, we are always pushing the boundaries to explore the next leading advancements that help our customers accomplish more and propel the industry forward,” said Scott Park, Doosan Bobcat CEO and Vice Chairman.
Like the T7X, the S7X is powered by a 60.5-kWh, lithium-ion battery, features electric drive motors and utilizes ball screw actuators for lift and tilt functions.
Together, the battery and electrical powertrain generate instantaneous torque that is as much as three times greater than traditional loaders.
As well, the loader balances sustainability and performance with zero emissions and is equipped to outperform its diesel-powered equivalent. The electric skid-steer loader offers operators a smooth and comfortable experience with minimal vibration and nearly silent operation.
Electric skid steer operating time
Depending on the application, the S7X can operate for up to eight hours on a single charge, giving most operators a full day’s work. Recharging the electric skid steer requires about 10 hours to reach 100 per cent battery capacity.
“The S7X is an incredible product with real-world application that can support operators on environmentally sensitive sites, in noise-restricted areas and for indoor operation,” Honeyman said.
To bring the S7X to life, Bobcat partnered with Moog Inc., a developer of motion control components and systems for industries ranging from aerospace and defense to construction.
Bobcat is also continuing to partner with Viridi, the creator of Green Machine products, for its lithium-ion, fail-safe battery systems that are redefining energy storage for industrial applications traditionally powered by fossil fuel energy. Bobcat also collaborated with Moog and Viridi through its work on the T7X.
Currently, the S7X electric skid-steer loader is in its prototype phase with plans to move to commercialization. Additional information will be released as product development continues.