Caterpillar to unveil 4 electric machine prototypes

Irving-based Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) plans to display four new electric machine prototypes, the company announced Tuesday.

The construction and mining machine prototypes include the 301.9 mini excavator, 320 medium excavator, 950 GC medium wheel loader and 906 compact wheel loader. Caterpillar, which announced in June that it would move its global headquarters to Irving from Illinois, said the prototypes will support the energy transition to a lower-carbon future.

“Caterpillar is well positioned to help customers reach their sustainability goals, including lowering emissions on the jobsite,” Tony Fassino, president of Construction Industries Group, said in a news release. “It’s important we meet customers on their sustainability journey today with a variety of solutions including machines that run on renewable fuels or technology that increases fuel efficiency, as well as supporting them into the future as we power our next generation of machines.”

All four are powered by Caterpillar battery prototypes and include onboard AC charger. The lithium-ion batteries will also be available to power other industrial applications. Caterpillar plans to offer an offboard DC fast charging option.

The company announced the 301.9 and 906 will be the first commercially available models.

“We’re focused on helping our customers achieve the optimal product and job site energy lifecycle allowing them to maximize value and minimize their total cost of operation,” Joe Creed, president of Energy & Transportation Group, said in the release.

Caterpillar is unveiling the prototypes at Bauma 2022, a construction machinery trade fair in Germany, later this month.

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