According to an Oct. 4 press release, Caterpillar will display four electric machine prototypes, including battery prototypes, at bauma 2022 Oct. 24-30 in Munich, Germany.
The battery electric machine prototypes include the 301.9 mini excavator, 320 medium excavator, 950 GC medium wheel loader and 906 compact wheel loader. The machines are powered by Caterpillar battery prototypes and include an onboard AC charger. The company also plans to offer an offboard DC fast charging option.
The Caterpillar-designed batteries in these machines will also be available to power other industrial applications. The lithium-ion battery range features a modular design that offers flexible configurations across multiple applications. The batteries are engineered to be scalable to industry and customer performance needs and maximize sustainability throughout their lifecycle, including recycling and reuse at the end of life.
The 301.9 and 906 are expected to be the first commercially available models.