Caterpillar expands portfolio for construction industries with four battery electric machines: CEG
mini excavator 301.9
To support customers in the energy transition to a low-carbon future, Caterpillar will showcase four prototype electric machines, including battery prototypes, at bauma 2022, October 24-30 in Munich, Germany. .
Caterpillar is focused on providing purpose-built solutions to help customers achieve their sustainability goals by geography, job site and specific customer need. Among the many solutions, prototype battery-electric machines include the 301.9 mini excavator, 320 medium excavator, 950 GC medium wheel loader and 906 compact wheel loader. The machines are powered by Caterpillar battery prototypes and include an integrated AC charger. The company also plans to offer an off-board DC fast charging option.
“Caterpillar is well positioned to help customers achieve their sustainability goals, including reducing emissions on the job site,” said Tony Fassino, president of Construction Industries Group. “It is important that we meet our customers today on their journey towards sustainability with a variety of solutions, including machinery that runs on renewable fuels or technology that increases energy efficiency, as well as supporting them in the future as we power our next generation of machines.”
The Caterpillar-designed batteries in these machines will also be available to power other industrial applications. Based on proven Caterpillar technology, the lithium-ion battery line features a modular design that offers flexible configurations for multiple applications. The batteries are designed to be scalable based on industry and customer performance needs and to maximize sustainability throughout their lifecycle, including end-of-life recycling and reuse.
“Our electrified products leverage our deep systems integration experience and are designed to meet the performance expectations customers expect from Caterpillar,” said Joe Creed, group president of Energy & Transportation. “We strive to help our customers achieve the optimal energy lifecycle of products and jobsites, allowing them to maximize value and minimize their total cost of ownership.”
The 301.9 and 906 are expected to be the first commercially available models.