Pilot project introduces first 100% electrified mobile excavator drivetrain

By Riley SimpsonApril 06, 2021

ZF has designed the eTRAC system pilot project as the first 100% electric drivetrain system for constriction vehicles

With new pilot project guided by the company’s “Vision Zero” maxim, ZF Friedrichshafen AG has introduced the world’s first 100% electrified mobile excavator drivetrain system for compact construction equipment.

The “future-oriented” eTRAC system will not only have zero emissions, but the technology will also reduce downtime and accidents, according to the German manufacturer’s release.

  • The system’s features include:
  • Two-speed powershift transmission
  • Electric motor
  • Peak torque of 850 Nm
  • Continuous power of 80 kW

“The electric drive system satisfies all the expectations for performance and productivity found in traditional drivelines and combines them with the extensive benefits and opportunities that electric systems have to offer,” ZF’s release said.

The company mentioned compact loaders, excavators, backhoe loaders, telehandlers, forestry equipment and wheel loaders in the release as construction vehicles for which the eTRAC modular kit will be available, and the first prototypes have already been delivered to a pilot customer.

Three systems of the electric central drive system – the eCD50, eCD70 and eCD90 – are available to cover different vehicle sizes in the targeted applications.

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