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CASE Introduces World's First Fully Electric Backhoe Loader
Another milestone for the construction equipment industry: the first electric backhoe loader arrives.
CASE Construction Equipment unveiled “Project Zeus” – the all-new, all-electric CASE 580 EV backhoe loader, which turns out to be the first in the industry. We already saw electric excavators, loaders and some cool mining vehicles, but mostly on just a pilot scale.
It’s equipped with a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery and should be able to support an eight-hour workday in most of applications, offering:
Two of the CASE 580 EVs were already sold and the company says that it can produce some more this year for early adopters, before launching higher volume production in the future.
“Two units have already been sold to utilities in the United States — NYSEG and RG&E, AVANGRID companies, and National Grid. CASE has the capability to produce additional units throughout 2020 before ramping up production to meet greater demand in following years.”
Gallery: CASE 580 EV fully electric backhoe loader
Leandro Lecheta, head of construction equipment — North America, CNH Industrial said:
“CASE built the very first factory-integrated backhoe loader in 1957 and has been at the forefront of backhoe innovation. The 580 EV is a significant step forward in our commitment to sustainability, the evolution of earthmoving equipment and truly practical innovation that drives real savings and competitive advantages for backhoe owners.”
Eric Zieser, director — global compact equipment product line, CASE said:
“The backhoe loader is perfectly suited for electrification as the varied use cycles, from heavy to light work, provide an excellent opportunity to convert wasted diesel engine hours into zero consumption battery time — yet provide the operator with instantaneous torque response when needed. At low idle a diesel engine has reduced torque and requires time for the engine to ramp up to meet the load demands. Electric motors, on the other hand, have instantaneous torque and peak torque available at every operating speed.”