Case Construction Equipment has won the prestigious Good Design Award for ProjectTETRA, the manufacturer’s methane-powered wheel loader concept.
The Good Design program is the oldest design awards program, and organized by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
The recognition honours the best designed products across the globe for sustainability, superior design and unparalleled function.
The jury of the 69th Good Design program, composed of renowned international specialists with broad design experience, selected this year’s winners following the original program’s criteria, which include the innovation, functional and ecological impact of each winning product.
As a winner of the Good Design Award, ProjectTETRA will be featured in the Good Design Yearbook for 2019-2020 and can be viewed at the Museum’s website here.
What is ProjectTETRA?
The wheel loader concept, jointly developed by the Case engineering and CNH Industrial international design teams, reimagines wheel loader design. The machine demonstrates the viability of alternative fuels in construction equipment and the possibility of using fuel generated from waste products and renewable sources.
The concept loader is powered by a proven methane engine, produced by Case’s sister brand FPT Industrial, which delivers the same performance as its diesel equivalent.
The power unit delivers up to 230 hp and torque up to 1,184 Nm, has diesel-like performance, but with a smoother and quieter drive, according to FPT Industrial. It also offers the same reliability, durability and fuel savings up to 30 per cent.
The engine runs on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), ensuring 15 per cent less carbon dioxide and 99 per cent less particulate matter than its diesel-based counterpart.
ProjectTETRA’s design includes cutting-edge styling and an advanced operator environment that makes extensive use of touchscreen and voice control technologies. The loader concept also offers innovative safety features that use biometric technologies and an obstacle detection system derived from CNH Industrial’s autonomous vehicle research and development program.
The ProjectTETRA concept has been tested in real-world construction environments, demonstrating its feasibility and proving its business case in terms of sustainability, reduced overall total cost of ownership and operational viability.