The other big draw was a range of technologies that help contractors reach their sustainability goals. For example, Komatsu’s all-electric PC210E excavator shows how a high-performance machine can operate with no emissions, noise, or engine vibration. Consequently, the machine is not only friendly to the environment but also creates less fatigue for operators.
Smaller equipment is moving in a similar direction. The battery-powered BOMAG BT 60 e-tamper, for example, is sustainable, quiet, vibration-free, and easy to operate. Takeuchi’s battery-operated TB20e mini excavator, the first of its kind, combines sustainable operation and the equivalent power of a diesel machine for smaller excavation jobs.
Sustainability, however, is not just about electrification. “We understand that this is not a one size fits all solution,” says Andrew Earing, Director of Products and Technical Services at Komatsu, “which is why we are pursuing other technologies and energy sources such as clean diesel, hydrogen combustion, and hydrogen fuel cells.”
To help make sense of it all, SMS Equipment collaborated with Komatsu, BOMAG, and Takeuchi to answer questions about product details and how to make the right choices to meet their workload and sustainability goals.