Komatsu to demonstrate fully electric wheel loader prototype at Bauma 2022

Moog and Komatsu have partnered to build a fully electric wheel loader, which will undergo testing after the trade fair

Komatsu will showcase a prototype of its first fully electric compact wheel loader at the company’s demo area at Bauma 2022 in Munich, the manufacturer has announced.

The machine was recently designed and built in collaboration with Moog, a worldwide designer, manufacturer, and integrator of precision control components and systems. It is battery-powered with zero-emissions and is now ready for joint testing, Komatsu noted.

The machine’s electrified system includes an electric traction motor, lift, tilt and steering electric cylinders, as well as power electronics, a system control computer, battery, and battery management system.

In September 2022, Komatsu said it would focus on future technologies at Bauma 2022 and, later in the month, it was announced that Bauma China has been postponed to 2024.

“To achieve our CO2 emission reduction targets from products in use of 50% by 2030 from 2010 levels and to achieve carbon neutrality by the end of 2050, we are looking for promising technologies from suppliers to accelerate our electric machine development,” said Seiichi Fuchita, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and President of Development Division at Komatsu.

“The machine built together with Moog combines the strengths of both companies and was finalised within a short period of time, and we expect the joint testing will show the advantages of a full electric machine and will prove collaboration is beneficial for both sides,” he added.

Both companies plan to jointly test the fully electric loader after Bauma to prove that it can achieve a new level of efficiency, operating time, and comfort.

In October 2022, Liebherr said it would premiere its hydrogen prototype engines at Bauma 2022.

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