Bobcat Co. has introduced two, new concept machines unveiled during the first day of CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023.
Following the 2022 release of the Bobcat T7X, the world’s first all-electric compact track loader, Bobcat has now unveiled the world’s first all-electric skid-steer loader, the Bobcat S7X.
Check out this video to learn more about the S7X.
“At Bobcat, we are always pushing the boundaries to explore the next leading advancements that help our customers accomplish more and propel the industry forward,” said Scott Park, Doosan Bobcat CEO and vice chairman. “As an organization, we are committed to innovating for our customers’ needs first and foremost, so that they can become more efficient, more productive and more successful.”
Like the T7X, the S7X is all electric, as it is powered by a 60.5-kWh, lithium-ion battery, features electric drive motors and utilizes ball screw actuators for lift and tilt functions.
Together, the battery and electrical powertrain generate performance characteristics, with instantaneous torque that is as much as three times greater than traditional loaders. The loader balances sustainability and performance with zero emissions and is equipped to outperform its diesel-powered equivalent.
This skid-steer loader offers operators a smooth and comfortable experience with minimal vibration and nearly silent operation.
The S7X can operate for up to eight hours on a single charge depending on the application, giving most operators more than a full day’s work when breaks and downtime are considered. A full charge takes approximately 10 hours.
“As the inventor of the original skid-steer loader, we are excited to take the machine that created the industry and reinvent it all over again,” said Joel Honeyman, Doosan Bobcat vice president of global innovation. “The S7X is an incredible product with real-world application that can support operators on environmentally sensitive sites, in noise-restricted areas and for indoor operation.”
To bring the S7X to life, Bobcat has once again partnered with Moog, Inc., a developer of motion control components and systems for industries ranging from aerospace and defense to construction. Bobcat is also continuing to partner with Viridi (creator of Green Machine products) for its lithium-ion, fail-safe battery systems that are redefining energy storage for industrial applications traditionally powered by fossil fuel energy. Bobcat also collaborated with Moog and Viridi through its work on the T7X.
At this time, the S7X skid-steer loader is being debuted as a prototype with plans to move to commercialization. Additional information will be released to the marketplace as product development continues.