Case unveils fully electric backhoe loader concept

CASE Construction Equipment has launched a fully electric backhoe loader.

The 580 EV (Electric Vehicle) concept, dubbed Project Zeus, is said by the manufacturer to offer the same power and performance as a diesel-powered Case backhoe, but with zero emissions and reduced operating costs.

Two machines have already been sold to US-based utilities companies, with the concept planned to remain exclusive to the North American market.

Egidio Galano, compact line product manager, Case Construction Equipment Europe said, “Since designing the first fully factory-integrated backhoe loader in 1957, Case has remained at the pinnacle of backhoe innovation. The 580 EV both continues this evolution and represents a significant step forward for Case’s wider commitment to a more sustainable future for construction equipment. By producing this concept machine, we are bringing the viability of electrified large compact equipment ever closer to the North American market.”

The 580 EV is powered by a 480-volt, 90-kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery pack. As this battery powers the drivetrain and hydraulic motors separately, breakout force is the same as a diesel-powered machine.

Case added that while cutting a business’ carbon footprint, it is estimated the 580 EV could save fleets up to 90% in annual vehicle operating costs. This is due to reduced or eliminated spend on diesel, engine oil, diesel exhaust fluid and long-term engine maintenance.

Galano added, “The 580 EV performs and handles exactly like a traditional Case backhoe. This is crucial when looking to apply exciting new technologies to any Case machine, and means operators can experience the same digging, lifting and craning capabilities from a much quieter and emissions free working environment.”

The 580 EV represents Case’s first official entry into the electric construction equipment market. In partnership with sister company FPT Industrial, Case revealed it will continue to look for electrification and alternative fuels options.