Doosan launches hybrid wheel loaderPublished 21/4 at 13:16
A prototype hybrid iteration of the Doosan DL200-5 wheel loader, the DL Hybrid, was shown for the first time in North America during Conexpo/Conagg 2020, with the hybrid model configurations aimed at being available in North America as early as 2023.
Doosan has been developing the hybrid powertrain to offer the same size wheel loader with additional fuel savings by combining diesel and electric power sources. The electric motor and diesel engine work in tandem to provide the same level of torque and output that a larger diesel engine does. Doosan designed the hybrid iteration with a smaller diesel engine than is used in the standard model today. However, there is no noticeable difference in the wheel loader’s performance, with the smaller diesel engine helping lower the wheel loader’s fuel consumption.
In addition to offering fuel savings from its hybrid design, the powertrain could be used as an option for customers working in sensitive areas where environmental concerns are greater than normal. Doosan has stated that it may apply similar hybrid technology to additional wheel loader models in the future, thereby continuing efforts to offer solutions for reduced emission power systems.
Doosan Infracore North America, LLC, is headquartered in Suwanee, Georgia, and markets the Doosan brand of products that includes crawler excavators, wheel excavators, mini excavators, wheel loaders, articulated dump trucks, material handlers, log loaders and attachments. With more than 150 heavy equipment dealer locations in North America, Doosan is known for its dedication to service and customer uptime, supplying durable, reliable products.