Yanmar displays first electric mini excavator prototype

YANMAR Compact Equipment has taken the wraps off the manufacturer’s first electric mini excavator prototype.

The SV17e is aimed at the European market and sits in the 1.5 to 2.0 tonnes segment.

Powered by electric drive and 48-volt batteries with fast charging capability, Yanmar described it as a ‘quiet, zero-emissions machine designed to meet the most demanding emissions restrictions’.

“Our aim, together with our dealer partners, is to build stronger relationships and create even greater customer value,” said CEO Giuliano Parodi. “Our transformation will embrace our entire business and will encompass new products with alternative fuel technologies. The SV17e prototype is a clear demonstration of our intent to build a sustainable business for our customers and dealer partners.”

In preparation for its sales start at Bauma 2022, the prototype is currently going through Yanmar’s product testing regime. 

Sota Takami, director engineering EMEA, commented, “We are very pleased with the performance to date – as you would expect, we have a rigorous testing regime which pushes every aspect of the machine to its limit. The machine has performed very well in all these tests. We are particularly pleased with the power, and control of the machine.

“Of course, this is a quiet, zero emission machine but that, in itself, is not enough. We must create a great feeling for the operator. I am confident that professional operators will be very comfortable in this machine, they will certainly feel the power, control and the precision handling they will need to take on the big jobs as well as the small jobs.”

For those who cannot wait until Bauma to see the new SV17e in action, Yanmar has prepared a short film, designed to showcase the ‘power, control and precision’ of the new model. The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/zqAxhGZT3Kg