Wacker Neuson unveils first battery powered zero tail mini excavator

Published 3/7, 2018 at 12:35

Wacker Neuson unveiled its first fully electric, battery powered mini excavator at this year’s Intermat. The EZ17e performs and handles like a diesel powered model, but adds to Wacker
Neuson’s range of zero emissions solutions.

Wacker Neuson is strengthening its position as an innovation leader in the zero emissions segment with machines such as the EZ17e. The zero emissions line up currently comprises of two battery powered rammers, a dual power excavator, two electric wheel loaders, an electric track dumper and a battery powered vibratory plate. The electric, zero tail EZ17e mini excavator is the latest addition to the range and will be available from 2019. 

The EZ17e can run entirely on its battery, but may 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. Combined with the other products in the Wacker Neuson zero emissions range, the machine can thus contribute to construction sites that want to reduce noise and eliminate emissions. 

The mini excavator is also a zero tail model and therefore offers zero over hang. Operators do not have to worry about damaging the machine when working close to walls or in confined spaces as the tail of the electric excavator never extends beyond the undercarriage. This also makes the EZ17e ideal for tunnel construction, demolition and redevelopment work in confined spaces, and for restoration projects inside buildings. 

All hydraulic functions are as powerful as those of the conventional model. The battery is integrated in the existing engine compartment, with the EZ17e weighing almost exactly the same as the diesel version.  The EZ17e is powered by the latest lithium-ion technology, which Wacker Neuson has been using and continuously developing for many years now. The battery can be charged overnight via a domestic socket (110-230V), or in just four hours using a high voltage current. Service teams do not need any extra training for servicing the machine, making the electric excavator particularly attractive to rental fleets. 

“Electric drives are becoming increasingly important. For rental companies in particular, these solutions are an interesting supplement to existing fleets as many of their customers rent products for specific projects such as renovation work inside buildings or tunnel construction,” says Alexander Greschner of Wacker Neuson SE. “Electric drives are also low maintenance. This is a huge benefit as it reduces maintenance time and costs and maximizes machine availability.”

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