Yanmar Compact Equipment brings its engine and mini-excavator experience into the field of electrification with its first electric mini-excavator prototype: the SV17e. This innovation represents an important strategic step in the company's transformation.
“Our transformation will embrace our entire business and will encompass new products with alternative fuel technologies," said Giuliano Pardoi, CEO, Yanmar Compact Equipment. "The SV17e prototype is a clear demonstration of our intent to build a sustainable business for our customers and dealer partners.”
The SV17e is aimed at customers in the European market and plays in the 1.5- to 2.0-tonnes segment. Powered by an electric drive and 48-volt batteries with fast charging capability, it’s a quiet, zero-emission machine designed to meet demanding emissions restrictions. In line with Yanmar Compact Equipment’s commitment to create an enhanced customer experience, the appeal of the SV17e goes beyond simply being an electric machine. The design and engineering team have set out to build a machine which offers high levels of comfort, ergonomics and operational power, precision and control.
“Our prototype is significant because it demonstrates our capability to bring the quality and reliability of our highly respected conventional engine technology into the arena of electrification” explained Cedric Durand, director product management EMEA. “But we have gone further. As always, the operator is at the heart of this machine, and we have challenged ourselves to deliver the comfort, power, control and precision which we believe will surpass the expectations of professional operators.”
In preparation for its sales start at bauma 2022, the prototype SV17e is currently undergoing Yanmar’s product testing regime to ensure an uncompromising level of durability and reliability in the design and engineering.
According to Sota Takami, director engineering EMEA, “As you would expect, we have a rigorous testing regime which pushes every aspect of the machine to its limit. The machine has performed very well in all these tests. We are particularly pleased with the power and control of the machine. Of course, this is a quiet, zero emission machine, but that in itself is not enough. We must create a great feeling for the operator. I am confident that professional operators will be very comfortable in this machine. They will certainly feel the power, control and the precision handling they will need to take on the big jobs as well as the small jobs.”