2 min read / July 24, 2023 / Staff writer
Embracing electrification is an important evolutionary step in a direction that allows the construction industry to set and achieve realistic goals for environmental sustainability. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating their impact are challenges the industry is working hard to meet, which is why Komatsu is dedicated to exploring eco-friendly technologies such as electric and hybrid machines, and renewable energy sources like clean diesel, hydrogen combustion and hydrogen fuel cells.
Komatsu debuted the 20-ton PC210E electric excavator at bauma 2022 in Munich, Germany. Designed for operations that need a high-performance machine while cutting fuel costs on their journey to sustainability, the PC210E will be able to help businesses that want to be more effective and efficient on the job while also reducing carbon emissions to meet their climate change goals.
To help North American customers reduce their carbon footprint and implement sustainable solutions through electrification, Komatsu first featured the PC210E stateside at CONEXPO-CON/AGG in 2023. The show drew record-breaking numbers that made it the largest construction show in North America.
Attendees at CONEXPO were able to see how the PC210E integrates a Proterra-powered lithium-ion battery that enables clean, eco-friendly operation of up to eight hours, depending on the application. With less noise, reduced emissions and zero engine vibration, the machine is ideal for urban areas, indoor environments and nighttime construction.
After the PC210E was shown at CONEXPO, it was moved to Komatsu’s Cartersville Customer Center in Cartersville, Georgia, where customers, prospective customers and students got a great opportunity to get behind the controls of the machine at the company’s recent Demo Days event.
Attendees at Demo Days were able to get an in-depth look at the technology behind the PC210E and were able to get firsthand experience operating the machine.
"Demo Days is absolutely fabulous," said Eric Shell, a student at Pennsylvania College of Technology. "I've never run these types of equipment, so it's a new experience that will get me ahead of the game."
Phil Major, Territory Manager at Road Machinery and Supplies, felt the same way. "I've been coming to Demo Days probably at least 30 years and it's always been a pleasurable experience," said Phil. "The commitment and the people, they're great, and the product is great, it's 11 out of ten, every time."
The PC210E electric excavator also helps support Komatsu's goal of cutting carbon emissions in half by 2030 and achieving complete carbon neutrality by 2050.
"The ultimate goal is a sustainable future with zero exhaust gas emissions, while still working effectively and efficiently," said Andrew Earing, Director, Products and Services, Tracked Products, at Komatsu. "We’re in this to understand the needs of our customers and make sure we provide the right solutions today and tomorrow, as we step through this transition period together."
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