A Closer Look at the World’s First All-Electric CTL: Bobcat’s T7X

Bobcat rocked the equipment industry earlier this year when it unveiled the world’s first all-electric compact track loader. The company’s T7X concept CTL outperforms its diesel counterpart and in the process uses no hydraulic or engine oil, no DEF and, of course, no diesel fuel, the company says. It releases no emissions and significantly reduces noise and vibrations and has many other benefits that might surprise contractors.

But how well does it really perform? What kind of runtime will it get on the jobsite? And how much more will it cost than a diesel CTL?

In this episode of The Dirt, Bryan Furnace gets answers to these questions and more from Joel Honeyman, Doosan Bobcat vice president of global innovation.

Honeyman has heard all the grumblings from contractors about electric equipment, but he points out some facts that might cause the skeptics to reconsider. Those include half the parts and one-tenth the maintenance costs of a diesel CTL. He explains how the machine achieves 100% torque at zero rpm. He also reveals when and where contractors can soon get a chance to rent the machine to see for themselves how it performs.

So if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to operate an all-electric CTL or are curious about the new technology and how well it can perform, check out this engaging and fascinating interview on this week’s episode of The Dirt.

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