Hitachi unveils four electric excavators

By Leila SteedNovember 01, 2022

The ZX135-7EB is one of four new electric excavators from Hitachi

Hitachi unveiled four new zero-emission excavators at Bauma - models ZX23U-6EB, ZX55U-6EB, ZX85US-6EB and ZX135-7EB - all of which can be powered by lithium ion batteries or cable connection.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe (HCME) celebrated its 50th anniversary at the event, highlighting not only the ZX55U, which was developed by Hitachi in Japan, but the three other electrics which are a product of joint ventures with KTEG in Germany.

The four new machines are expected to be available worldwide after an initial introduction to the European market, perhaps as soon as mid 2023. 

The new compact excavators - ZX85US-7 and the ZX85USB-7 - are Hitachi’s latest compact models to make their European debut. Part the company’s 7-Series equipment range, the new machines offer quieter operation and are also said to require less maintenance than diesel-powered alternatives.

For special applications the company also presented its new ZX390TC-7 and ZX400MC-7 machines, which were developed with KTEG and specially designed for heavy-duty applications and demolition job sites.

Meanwhile, in North America, Hitachi’s joint venture with John Deere ended on March 1. Now known as Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas (HCMA), the company introduced three new excavators last spring and is gearing up for a strong showing at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023 in March. 

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