Wacker Neuson has been winning high praise for introducing a battery-powered mini-excavator.
Wacker Neuson is strengthening its position as a leader in the zero emissions segment with machines like the fully electric excavator EZ17e. In Verona, the mini-excavator was recently awarded with the SaMoTer Innovation Award 2020. The innovation was selected in the hydraulic mini-excavators category for its efficiency, the integration of the electric drive as well as its performance, which corresponds to that of the diesel-powered model.
The EZ17e excavator can be run entirely on battery. It can also be operated while connected to the mains – and even charged while in operation – thanks to its smart charging management system. This makes it the ideal solution for environments where emissions and noise have to be kept to a minimum, for example in urban areas, indoor work or on sites close to schools and hospitals. Combined with other solutions in the zero emissions range, this machine can contribute to reducing noise and eliminating emissions on construction sites.
As the mini-excavator is a zero tail model, it offers no overhang. Operators do not have to worry about damaging the machine when working close to walls or in confined spaces as the tail of the excavator never extends beyond the undercarriage. This also makes the EZ17e suitable for redevelopment work and confined sites. These are precisely the types of environments where developers need powerful, compact machines that can be operated without any emissions.
“Wacker Neuson has been manufacturing innovative, practical and cost-efficient equipment for 170 years. We’ve channelled years of experience and expertise in zero emissions products into our first mini-excavator with battery and electric drive technology. Our development work always focuses on usability and customer value. Which is why we make no compromises when it comes to performance, with power ratings matching those of our diesel-powered model,” explains Martin Lehner, CEO of the Wacker Neuson Group. All hydraulic functions are as powerful as those of the conventional model. The battery is integrated in the existing engine compartment. The EZ17e weighs almost exactly the same as the diesel version and can therefore be transported on a trailer.
The electric excavator is powered by the latest lithium-ion technology, which the firm has been using and continuously developing for many years now. Long battery life is one of the key features here, allowing the excavator to be operated for a full working day. The battery can be charged overnight via a domestic socket (110-230 V), or in just four hours using a high-voltage current.