American manufacturer Case has made its entry into the electric construction equipment market with a fully electric backhoe loader.
It says the 580 EV concept, dubbed Project Zeus, offers the same power and performance as a diesel-powered Case backhoe loader, but with zero emissions and considerably reduced operating costs.
Two machines have already been sold to US-based utilities companies, with the concept planned to remain exclusive to the North American market.
Egidio Galano, a product manager for Case Construction Equipment Europe, said: "The 580 EV performs and handles exactly like a traditional Case backhoe. This is crucial when looking to apply exciting new technologies to any Case machine, and means operators can experience the same digging, lifting and craning capabilities from a much quieter and emissions free working environment."
The 580 EV is powered by a 480-volt, 90-kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery pack that gives around eight hours of run-time depending on the application.
Case said it could save fleets up to 90% in annual vehicle operating costs owing to reduced spend on diesel, engine oil, diesel exhaust fluid and long-term engine maintenance.
Image: The 580 EV (Case)
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