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Bobcat to launch electric mini-excavator at bauma

Bobcat E10e back charging. (Image source: Bobcat)

Bobcat will launch the new E10e Electric Mini-Excavator, the industrys first commercially available fully electric, zero tail swing (ZTS) mini-excavator in the one tonne class at bauma 2019

With no emissions, a low noise operation and a width of just 72 cm, the new E10e can easily pass through standard doors and in and out of lifts, making it ideal for indoor applications such as demolition and basement construction. In addition, by coupling the E10e to an optional external Bobcat super-charger while operators are on normal work breaks, the E10e can operate for a full eight hour working day.

Developed at the Bobcat Innovation Center in Dobris in the Czech Republic, in conjunction with electric vehicle suppliers, the E10e is based on the design of the very successful diesel-powered E10 1 tonne mini-excavator, which has achieved sales of over 10,000 units in just 10 years (the E10 is now called the E10z to reflect that it is a ZTS mini-excavator).

The new E10e has the same ZTS profile and identical external dimensions as the standard E10/E10z machine and offers the same or better performance. For example, the E10e offers very low noise levels on site with an LPA of only 64 dBA vs 80 dBA for the standard E10.

The E10e has a state-of-the-art 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.

Based on customer studies, Bobcat has optimised the battery pack to provide sufficient capacity to match typical work patterns. Using an external supercharger functionality, the E10e when used with normal work breaks, can operate throughout a full working day (8 hours) and can be fully recharged within 2.4 hours.

Another of the features that differentiated the E10/E10z from other machines on the market is the patented side adjustable consoles which accommodate hydraulic pilot pressure controlled joysticks. This design is unique in its class and is retained in the E10e, allowing the operator to enjoy the comfort and feel of much larger machines, whilst being able to adjust the width of the consoles for easy passage through narrow openings.

Increased safety and comfort

The E10e offers the same safety features for operators as the E10/E10z. A grab bar provides assistance for getting onto and off the machine. Entry and exit from the excavator are also made easier thanks to the completely open, flat area for the feet in the operator station. This design makes it easier to clean the area for the feet.

The design of the E10e ensures that the boom offset cannot reach the feet, providing maximum protection in this area. Operator safety and comfort is further enhanced by the completely retractable seat belt on the E10e. Both the left and right consoles on the E10e, which serve as comfortable armrests, need to be lowered and locked in order to operate the machine. The position of the joystick controls on the E10e can also be adjusted to suit different operators.

The E10e electric mini-excavator combines the successful features and high performance of the E10z for working in confined spaces, with its safe, near silent, zero-emission design. As a result, Bobcat is confident that the E10e provides a very attractive solution for rental companies and contractors alike, for indoor demolition, basement projects and in other sensitive areas where low noise and/or nighttime work are mandatory.

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