Truly All-Electric Track Loader
The Bobcat T7X ditches hydraulic systems for a more electric-centric, eco-friendly design.
Doosan Bobcat unveiled the world’s first all electric track loader at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The Bobcat T7X is a fully electric compact track loader that eliminates traditional engine components and hydraulics. We’ve seen track loaders with electric engines, but they still typically use hydraulics for raising/lowering loads. The Bobcat T7X has no hydraulics on board. The machine features electric actuators and motors that provide high-performance torque and causes less vibration and noise compared to its diesel/hydraulic-equivalent model. The new track loader uses one quart of eco-friendly coolant, in comparison to the 57 gal. of fluid needed to power its diesel/hydraulic sibling.
Another advantage of the T7X’s all-electric design is nearly instant torque and speed, which no longer waits for a hydraulic system to build up power. The manufacturer is also introducing all-electric attachments to pair with the T7X, such as an auger to dig holes, an angle broom to sweep, and a grapple to grab and hold materials.
Doosan Bobcat also announced a partnership with Sunbelt Rentals, which means the T7X will be available for rent later this year. However, there’s no update on when it will be available to purchase, nor the price tag it’ll carry.
Photos courtesy of the manufacturer.
"produces zero emissions"?
No, zero emissions may not come from the machine, but the electric energy that charges the batteries is probably not from a zero emission electric plant.
I agree that the electric grid is not a clean source of power but it is cleaner than the diesel power in a stock loader. The electric grid is getting cleaner all the time. The diesel loader will never by any cleaner than the day it is manufactured and will most likely still be in use 10, 20, 30 years or more from now.