Doosan Bobcat recently unveiled its new, first-of-its-kind, all-electric Bobcat T7X compact track loader, offering snow and ice contractors the full benefits of eliminating hydraulic systems, components, emissions and vibrations – all while providing cleaner, quieter machines.
The introduction of the Bobcat T7X begs the question of whether professional snow and ice management contractors are ready to begin converting their fleets of diesel guzzling loaders over to the more sustainable electric models? The T7X's benefits, though, may prove to make this decision an easy one for snow pros once more snow-and-ice-based attachments are developed and made available.
The Bobcat T7X is fully battery-powered, built to be more productive from the ground up with electric actuation and propulsion, quieter with high-performance torque and more powerful than any diesel-fueled track loader that has ever come before it – all while eliminating carbon emissions.
"This machine is a technological feat for Bobcat and for the entire industry," said Joel Honeyman, vice president of global innovation at Doosan Bobcat. "We challenged the status quo to deliver a connected, all-electric machine designed for power and performance that previously was not possible. We are excited to share this advancement with the world and proud of the hard work that has gone into making this a reality.”
The announcement, which took place at CES 2022, highlights the advanced technology built into the T7X.
For example, in addition to operating with zero emissions, reduced sound levels, limited vibrations and lower daily operating costs, the Bobcat T7X has electric actuators and motors, so it uses only one quart of eco-friendly coolant compared to 57 gallons of fluid in its diesel/hydraulic equivalent model.
The all-electric platform enables instantaneous power and peak torque available at every operating speed, and the operator no longer must wait for the standard hydraulic system to build up power.
The T7X also significantly lowers daily operating costs for snow and ice professionals, when considering the reduction in annual maintenance costs and elimination of diesel, engine oil, diesel exhaust fluid and hydraulic parts.
At the heart of the T7X is a powerful 62KW lithium-ion battery from technology partner Green Machine Equipment. While applications vary, each charge can support common daily work operations and the use of intelligent work modes for up to four hours of continuous operation time and a full day of operation during intermittent use. The intelligence of the power management system is programmed to sense when loads are increasing, automatically backing off power when not needed to preserve the total energy use and extend the machine’s runtime.
While the new T7X is eco-designed, it is also a smart machine featuring the software connectivity via two-way telematics communications. The platform provides integral data about the performance of the machine, along with operator-focused data to change machine preferences, tune the performance to certain job situations and upgrade product features. This includes variable drive speed at full torque and other features not possible with a diesel hydraulic machine.
To accompany the T7X, Bobcat will also introduce the world’s first all-electric attachments to empower the machine for specific tasks. The first to be developed include an electrically-powered auger to dig holes, an angle broom to sweep clean and a grapple to grab and hold materials.
In addition, Bobcat announced a strategic partnership with South Carolina-based Sunbelt Rentals, a leading rental equipment company in North America with more than 1,025 locations. Through this partnership, Sunbelt Rentals committed to a significant investment in a large fleet of Bobcat T7X all-electric compact track loaders and electric compact excavators in North America, which will be co-branded and made available in 2022 and beyond.
Sunbelt Rentals will be the first national equipment rental company to adopt Bobcat’s battery-electric technology and make it available to customers.