Bobcat has announced that the first of the company’s new E10e zero tail swing (ZTS) 1 tonne electric mini-excavators has come off the production line.
The E10e is built on the same platform and produced on the same production line as the company’s diesel-powered E08 and E10z mini-excavators, in Dobris in the Czech Republic. The line currently has a total capacity of 2,000 machines a year and can produce the required mix of diesel and electric models as dictated by actual market demand.
Jarry Fiser, Mini-Excavator Product Line Director, Doosan Bobcat EMEA, said: “The E10e is just the start of our journey in further expanding our portfolio in alternative power sources. In essence, all the components in the power train are made to measure and we are still adjusting the processes with our suppliers so that we can increase the production volumes when needed. The 2019 production capacity is already sold out and we are accepting orders for delivery in 2020.”
The Bobcat E10e combines zero emissions, low noise and a width of just 71 cm, allowing it to pass through standard doors and in and out of lifts. It is therefore suited not only for indoor demolition and basement digging, but also many other sites where this type of machine is required such as urban/city centre developments, night-time work and contracts in quiet zones such as hospitals, cemeteries, schools and so on.
The E10e has a lithium-ion, maintenance-free battery pack with an advanced management system, designed to fit within the standard machine envelope to maintain the machine’s ZTS profile, matching all the parameters and dimensions of the standard diesel-powered E10z mini-excavator. Based on customer studies, Bobcat has optimized the battery pack to provide capacity to match typical work patterns.
The E10e can be operated for up to four hours on one charge. By using an optional external 400V supercharger, it can be recharged to 80% of its capacity in less than two hours. The battery can also be fully recharged overnight by using the on-board charger from a standard 230 V grid.