Japanese company Yanmar Compact Equipment (Yanmar CE) has unveiled its first prototype electric mini excavator called the SV17e. “This innovation represents an important strategic step in the transformation for Yanmar Compact Equipment,” says the company.
“Our goal is to build stronger relationships with our dealer partners and create even greater customer benefit,” says Giuliano Parodi, CEO of Yanmar CE. âOur change will encompass our entire business and include new products with alternative fuel technologies. The SV17e prototype is clear evidence of our intention to build a sustainable business for our customers and dealer partners. “
The SV17e is a mini excavator that is initially aimed at customers in the European market and competes in the 1.5 to 2.0 tonne segment, according to the company. Powered by an electric drive and 48-volt batteries, Yanmar CE describes it as “a quiet, zero-emission machine designed to meet the most demanding emissions restrictions”.
“Our prototype matters because it demonstrates our ability to bring the quality and reliability of our highly regarded conventional engine technology to the electrification arena,” said Cedric Durand, director of product management. “As always, the operator is at the heart of this machine and we have challenged ourselves to deliver comfort, performance, control and precision that we believe will exceed professional operator expectations.”
In preparation for Bauma 2022, which will take place next October in Germany, the SV17e prototype is currently being subjected to a product test program. “These tough field tests are uncompromising in their thoroughness in order to ensure an uncompromising level of durability and reliability in design and technology,” says Yanmar CE.
“We are very satisfied with the performance so far – as expected, we have a strict test program” [that] pushes every aspect of the machine to its limits, âsays Sota Takami, Director of Engineering at Yanmar CE. âWe are particularly pleased with the performance and control of the machine,â he continues. âOf course this is a quiet, emission-free machine, but that alone is not enough. We have to give the operator a great feeling. I am confident that professional operators will feel very comfortable in this machine, they will certainly feel the power, control and precise handling that they need for both the large and the small tasks. “
A video preview of the new model can be viewed via this YouTube link.