John Deere to test electric backhoe concept

By Andy Brown07 January 2021

John Deere is working on a test electric backhoe loader concept

John Deere is working with electricity, natural gas, and clean energy delivery company National Grid to test an electric backhoe concept.

The John Deere developed, battery-powered, electric vehicle design – referred to as E-Power – will target the ease of operation and performance level of the diesel-powered, 100HP 310L Backhoe. The design is intended to provide lower daily operating costs, lower jobsite noise, enhanced machine reliability, and zero emissions.

“We are excited to work with National Grid, a leader in promoting clean energy solutions, to test the John Deere electric backhoe design in real-world conditions,” said Jason Daly, global director, production systems, technology and marketing, John Deere.

“John Deere is committed to developing innovative, robustly tested, and reliable equipment for our customers, unlocking measurable value through the incorporation of smart technology solutions in our machines. This project is another stepping stone in our backhoe innovation journey, intended to lead to subsequent electrification testing and design refinement.”

The testing period will enable National Grid to expand its use of electric equipment on jobsites, reaffirming its commitment to leading the industry in the use of clean and resilient energy.

“National Grid is one of only two energy companies in the US to add electric backhoes to their fleets,” said Badar Khan, President, National Grid, US. “We are excited to work with John Deere to take an important step in electrifying our company vehicles, which could be revolutionary for our industry. Decarbonizing transportation remains a challenge in the journey to net zero and we’re hopeful that bringing on more electrified heavy-duty vehicles and equipment will help us make significant progress.”

To read an article about backhoe loaders, which includes information on Case’s electric backhoe loader concept, click here.

MAGAZINE
NEWSLETTER
Delivered directly to your inbox, International Rental Newsletter features the pick of the breaking news stories, product launches, show reports and more from KHL's world-class editorial team.
CONNECT WITH THE TEAM
Murray Pollok Managing Editor Tel: +44(0)1505 850 043 E-mail: murray.pollok@khl.com
Simon Kelly Sales Manager Tel: +44 (0) 1892 786 223 E-mail: simon.kelly@khl.com
CONNECT WITH SOCIAL MEDIA
Latest News
Aggreko invests in Net Zero upgrade at Scottish facility
Aggreko has announced a £4.5million (€5 million) upgrade of its production facility in Dumbarton, Scotland
Case electric backhoe wins design award
Manufacturer recognised with 2020 Good Design Award for its 580 EV electric backhoe loader
Magni launches new fixed boom telehandlers
The new TH range offers seven models with 8 - 24m lifting heights, and 5 - 6 tonne capacities