Komatsu, a manufacturer of construction equipment, has announced its plans to introduce the PC33E-6 3-ton class electric mini excavator to European equipment buyers at the upcoming Intermat 2024 fair in Paris this April.
The PC33E-6 is positioned by Komatsu as a breakthrough in emission-free operations, promising exceptional performance coupled with class-leading features aimed at enhancing job site cleanliness, reducing noise levels, and improving overall safety.
At the Intermat show, attendees will have the opportunity to experience firsthand the capabilities of the PC33E-6, equipped with a 17.4 kW (approximately 25 HP) electric motor and a 35 kWh Komatsu battery pack. The mini excavator boasts a high-voltage 150V architecture and is complemented by a 400V off-board fast charger, capable of replenishing the battery from 20% to 100% in just under an hour and 40 minutes.
According to Emanuele Viel, Komatsu Utility group manager, the PC33E-6's large capacity batteries and efficient power line enable most customers to operate continuously for an entire shift before requiring recharging. Viel emphasizes that the lightning-fast charging system significantly minimizes downtime, thereby enhancing productivity and efficiency on job sites.
Komatsu anticipates that the introduction of the PC33E-6 will serve as a catalyst for the development of a European market for small electric construction equipment. The company envisions this model as a key component of its commitment to achieving a fully carbon-neutral lineup by 2050. Komatsu asserts that the PC33E-6 has the potential to annually save customers more than its own weight in CO2 emissions compared to a comparable diesel-powered mini excavator, all while maintaining performance and safety standards.
Originally showcased at CONEXPO last year, the PC33E-6's expansion into the European market signifies its status as a truly global offering, reinforcing Komatsu's position as an innovator in the construction equipment sector.