Komatsu, the Japanese construction machinery manufacturer, is set to offer its PC138E-11 electric excavator for rental to customers, commencing January. Initially, the 13-tonne electric machine will be available for rental in Japan, with plans for subsequent deployment in Europe. The PC138E-11 is designed for urban construction applications, emphasizing its suitability for confined spaces.
Equipped with a 72.5 kW electric motor, the excavator boasts an extended operational lifespan facilitated by a lithium-ion battery with a 225.6 kWh capacity. Komatsu underscores the incorporation of a cooling system for both the battery and electrical components, contributing to prolonged usage without providing specific operational details.
The PC138E-11's compact dimensions, measuring 7,970 mm in length, 2,490 mm in width, and 3,005 mm in height, make it versatile for diverse construction sites, particularly those with spatial constraints, such as urban construction environments.
In addition to its environmental benefits, the electric excavator addresses noise reduction on construction sites, enhancing overall safety. According to Komatsu, the diminished noise levels facilitate effective communication between the operator and on-site personnel, promoting secure and precise operations. The machine's low vibration levels and controlled ambient air temperature contribute to a more comfortable working environment.
Highlighting technological features, the PC138E-11 incorporates Smart Construction 3D Machine Guidance, a display system customizable for 2D or 3D visualization based on individual machine configurations and operating conditions.
Komatsu's strategy involves offering the electric excavator for rent to diverse customers with varying operational requirements and power supply sources. The aim is to allow users to experience the machine's environmental friendliness and safety attributes. This initiative aligns with Komatsu's broader goal of cultivating a market for electric construction machinery and achieving CO2 neutrality by 2050.