Kobelco’s electric mini excavator to launch in 2021

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Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe (KCME) has unveiled an electric mini-excavator concept and announced it will be on the market in two years’ time.

Developed in conjunction with German engine manufacturer Deutz, the 17SR took center stage at the Japanese OEM’s stand at Bauma 2019 in Munich, Germany, this month as it was the first time the machine had been in the public eye.

Combining the respective strengths of the two firms, the 1.7-metric ton vehicle delivers zero emissions and substantially reduced noise operation and lifecycle costs compared with diesel models.

KCME managing director Makoto Kato said, “While the electric-powered 17SR we are showcasing at Bauma is still a concept, we plan to further develop the machine in conjunction with Deutz over the next two years.

“Our objective is to manufacture a fully-electric mini excavator that will be capable of performing at the top of its class, with a long-life battery for utmost convenience. With this in mind, we expect the electric-powered 17SR to launch to the European market in 2021.

“It will be our first fully electric mini excavator, which we believe will be a popular choice for urban and small construction jobsites in the very near future.”

The arrival of the electric-powered concept comes three years after the European introduction of the firm’s SK210HLC-10 hybrid excavator and the company intends to further expand the range in the long-term.

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