Komatsu to showcase electric wheeled loader prototype
By Catrin Jones10 October 2022
Komatsu has announced that it will be demonstrating a prototype of its new fully electric compact wheeled loader at Bauma 2022.
Designed and built in partnership with Moog Inc., a US-based designer and manufacturer of precision control components and systems, the electric system includes an electric traction motor, lift, tilt and steering electric cylinders, power electronics, system control computer, battery, and battery management system.
Both companies intend to jointly test the loader after Bauma to demonstrate that it can “achieve a new level of efficiency, operating time, and comfort”.
Komatsu says that the prototype’s intelligent machine electrification system is designed to be connected and automation-ready. The system has the sensing and control capabilities needed for automation while the integrated software framework comes with built-in tools to coordinate multiple axes of motion and precisely control torque, velocity, position, and force.
“To achieve our CO2 emission reduction targets from products 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. We expect the joint testing will show the advantages of a fully electric machine and will prove collaboration is beneficial for both sides.”