Four electrics from Hitachi as it celebrates big anniversary

By Leila Steed27 October 2022

Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe (HCME) is celebrating its 50th birthday at Bauma this year with an array of 20 construction machines on display - including four new zero-emission excavators.

Hitachi electric excavator at Bauma. The ZX135-7EB is one of four new electric excavators shown by Hitachi at Bauma 2022. (Photo: KHL)

The electric models are the ZX23U-6EB, ZX55U-6EB, ZX85US-6EB and ZX135-7EB and can be powered by lithium ion batteries or cable connection.

The ZX55U was developed by Hitachi in Japan, but the three others are joint ventures with KTEG in Germany, developed specifically with the European market in mind, although longer term also worldwide. The machines will be available in mid 2023.

The ZX85US-6EB and the ZX135-7EB are Hitachi’s latest models to make their European debut. Part the company’s 7-Series equipment range, the new machines offer quieter operation and are also said to require less maintenance than diesel-powered alternatives.

“We’re proud to participate at Bauma 2022 during our 50th year in Europe,” said HCME President Takaharu Ikeda.

“This is one of the many highlights of our anniversary activities, and we are enjoying celebrating our successes with our customers, dealers, and partners.

The refurbished Hitachi UH04 excavator from 1976 on show at Bauma 2022. (Photo: Hitachi) The 10.4-tonne UH04 excavator from 1976 on show at Bauma 2022. (Photo: Hitachi)

For special applications the company also presented its new ZX390TC-7 and ZX400MC-7 machines, which were developed with KTEG and specially designed for heavy-duty applications and demolition job sites.

In addition to a range of digital products - such 2D and 3D machine control technology and remote monitoring tools, Hitachi’s stand also featured a specially refurbished UH04 excavator from 1976. 

“This is a symbol of Hitachi’s heritage in manufacturing hydraulic excavators that have become globally renowned for reliability,” the company said. 

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