Case Construction 580 EV | ProjectZeus
Case Construction’s ProjectZeus Brings Us the First All-Electric Backhoe Loader
CNH Industrial N.V. has continued to make some concerted efforts at moving toward clean energy sources and alternative fuel solutions. “ProjectZeus” shows this commitment to environmentally friendly and economically sustainable solutions by launching the construction industry’s first fully electric backhoe loader.
10-Second Summary• Case 580 EV the industry’s first all-electric backhoe loader
• Performance matches standard Case backhoe loader
• Reduced noise and emissions
• Powered by 480V, 90-kW Li-Ion battery pack
• Charged by any 220V/3-phase connection
• Charge lasts through most common 8-hour workdays
Electrified Construction Equipment
Electrified construction equipment continues to gain momentum in the industry for a few reasons, most notably for its reduced noise and emissions. While this makes an attractive proposition for utility contractors, particularly in urban environments where municipalities incentivize the use of alternative fuel sources.
But, while battery-powered construction equipment has its definite advantages, the question of performance will inevitably come up. Case claims that the 580 EV ‘s power and performance match the standard Case backhoe.
The 580 EV runs off of a 480-volt, 90-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack that can be charged by any 220-volt/three-phase connection. Case claims that this backhoe can usually run for the entirety of an 8-hour workday on a charge.
Additionally, the Case 580 EV, by virtue of its battery power, reduces maintenance and serviceability requirements when compared to your typical diesel engine.
You can see the Case “ProjectZeus” 580 EV battery-powered backhoe in action on the company’s “Behind the Wheel” webisode.