This Issue’s Feature - August 2020

This Issue’s Feature - August 2020

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Electric backhoe offers comparable power

Utility and government contractors are increasingly incentivized to work with equipment that leverages alternative fuels and lowers emissions. However, creating heavy equipment that offers similar power and performance to gas- and diesel-powered machinery is a difficult challenge. CASE Construction Equipment recently introduced the 580 EV (electric vehicle), the construction industry’s first fully electric backhoe loader offering power and performance equivalent to other diesel-powered backhoes in the CASE product line.

“The 580 EV is perfectly suited for electrification as the varied use cycles — from heavy to light work — provide an excellent opportunity to convert wasted diesel engine hours into zero-consumption battery time, yet provide the operator with instantaneous torque response when needed,” says Eric Zieser, director - global compact equipment product line, CASE. “At low idle, a diesel engine has reduced torque and requires time for the engine to ramp up to meet the load demands. Electric motors, on the other hand, have instantaneous torque and peak torque available at every operating speed.”

The 580 EV is powered by a 480-volt, 90-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that can be charged by any 220-volt/three-phase connection. While applications will vary, each charge will support most common eight-hour workdays. The battery separately powers the drivetrain and hydraulic motors, resulting in hydraulic breakout forces equal to diesel-powered machines and improved performance during simultaneous loader and drivetrain operation. 

While the 580 EV is electrified, it retains many of the hallmark features that contractors expect from CASE backhoe loaders. ProControl allows for extremely precise boom movement and placement, while Comfort Steer significantly improves steering while working in tight quarters or in truck loading operations. The machine’s cab is spacious with large windows that provide ideal sightlines to all sides of the machine. It also has enhanced joystick controls found in the most recent generation of CASE N Series backhoes, as well as in-cab amenities such as premium seat options and Bluetooth radio.

“The 580 EV performs like a CASE backhoe — matching the power and performance expected from CASE with the advantages of an electrified machine,” Zieser says. “Operators will experience the same digging, lifting and craning performance achieved in a diesel-powered machine in a quieter, emissions-free work area. That’s the ultimate goal of our sustainability efforts — improve the world around us, make equipment more sustainable and do so while finding new ways to improve productivity and the experience of the people who use the equipment.” 866-542-2736; www.casece.com.



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