The first of Bobcat’ new E10e zero tail swing (ZTS) 1t electric mini-excavators have come off the production line at its plant at Dobris, Czech Republic.
The first machine is heading to the Netherlands to the authorised Bobcat dealer Inter-Techno, based in Apeldoorn, where it will be used as a demonstration machine and will be available for hire from Inter-Techno’s partner company, 123 Machineverhuur.
Doosan Bobcat said it chose the Dobris factory to produce the E10e for all markets worldwide, with the first machines to be sold in the EMEA region, with North America and then Asian markets to follow.
The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Austria and Norway are the first to be selected in Europe, in line with research that shows the highest demand is in those countries. Subsequent sales of the E10e in other countries will depend on the readiness of markets, dealers and the demand from customers, the firm said.
The E10e is built on the same platform and produced on the same production line as the successful diesel-powered E08 and E10z mini-excavators. This line currently has a total capacity of 2,000 machines a year, and can produce the required mix of diesel and electric models as dictated by actual market demand.
Jarry Fiser, mini-excavator product line director at Doosan Bobcat EMEA, said: “We are very pleased that actual demand is higher than our original expectations and production capacities. We prioritised Bobcat dealers in the Netherlands, the Nordic countries, Germany and Austria. These countries have very positive public acceptance of alternative power sources.
“The E10e is just the start of our journey in further expanding our portfolio in alternative power sources. In essence, all the components in the power train are made to measure, and we are still adjusting the processes with our suppliers so that we can increase the production volumes when needed. The 2019 production capacity is already sold out and we are accepting orders for delivery in 2020.”