Doosan Bobcat unveiled its new T7X compact track loader at CES 2022 in Las Vegas earlier this month. Great looking new machinery is always welcome, of course, although Bobcat claims that the T7X is the very first machine of its kind to be fully electric.

The T7X was honoured with two 2022 CES Innovation Awards in the categories of Vehicle Intelligence & Transportation and Smart Cities. The CES Innovation Awards programme recognises recipients in a multitude of technology product categories and distinguishes the highest rated in each.


Speaking of the new machine, Scott Park, president and CEO of Doosan Bobcat said: "Doosan Bobcat is at the forefront of innovation, and we are proud to debut the all-electric technology of the T7X to help customers maximise both sustainability and productivity. Our focus remains on providing solutions and products that empower people to accomplish more and build a better world."

The T7X is fully battery-powered, built to be more productive from the ground up with electric actuation and propulsion, quieter with high-performance torque and more powerful than any diesel-fuelled track loader that has come before it – all the while eliminating any carbon emissions at site.

In the T7X, the hydraulic work group has been completely replaced with an electrical drive system consisting of electric cylinders and electric drive motors, which means virtually no fluids. The T7X uses just under one litre of eco-friendly coolant compared to around 216 litres of fluid in its diesel/hydraulic equivalent model. The all-electric platform also enables instantaneous power and peak torque available at every operating speed.

At the heart of the machine is a 62 kW lithium-ion battery, from technology partner Green Machine Equipment, Inc. Each charge can support common daily work operations and the use of intelligent work modes for up to four hours of continuous operation, and a full day of operation during intermittent use. The onboard power management system is programmed to sense when loads are increasing, automatically backing off power when not needed to preserve the total energy use and extend the machine's runtime.

The Bobcat T7X was developed for the North American market initially, but internal testing and the gathering of customer feedback is planned for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region to identify its commercial potential. Watch this space for further news, in other words.