2020 is marked by the spread of the coronavirus. Wacker Neuson has responded quickly to the new situation and found solutions to continue serving customers.
In 2020, Wacker Neuson expanded its zero emission range to include the electric EZ17e mini-excavator. Thanks to its proprietary battery technology, flexible charging management and high performance, the compact excavator can be used in as many ways as a conventional model in the same class. With its integrated lithium-ion battery, the machine can be used either without a power cable or also, during stationary activities, charged in ongoing operation. The excavator already won the SaMoTer Innovation Award in Italy in early 2020 for its efficiency, optimal integration of the electric drive into the Zero Tail concept and its performance.
The zero emission series by Wacker Neuson currently includes three battery-powered rammers and three battery-powered vibratory plates, a dual power mini-excavator that can be operated with an electro-hydraulic drive unit in addition to the diesel engine, an electric mini-excavator, an electric wheel loader, electric track and wheel dumpers and an internal vibrator system for concrete consolidation that won multiple awards in 2020. With this broad portfolio, a typical inner-city construction site can already be operated completely emission-free and extremely quietly. The emission-free solutions were also convincing in the design of a desert and jungle house for a garden exhibition: Only emission-free construction machinery and equipment were considered for this green construction site in order to protect the operators inside, as well as the exotic plants, while still being able to work efficiently.
Compamatic: Time and cost advantages through digitalization
There was also news in the field of digital solutions at Wacker Neuson in 2020: with Compamatic, Wacker Neuson is combining its proven compaction control system with a telematics solution. Compamatic is now also available for the heavy-duty reversible and some of the heavy-duty remote-controlled vibratory plates. This makes compaction progress traceable and allows for completely documented quality control. From their desks, those responsible can check whether all the work steps planned for the working day have been carried out, whether the planned areas have been compacted and whether the degree of compaction is sufficient everywhere.
Innovations that make everyday work easier
Other product highlights include the WL34 and WL110 wheel loaders, which have been available since spring 2020. Since the fall of this year, the WL28 3-ton wheel loader and the TH412 telehandler have been making everyday work on the construction site easier thanks to their ideal combination of high performance and compact dimensions. The two new tracked excavators in the 4- and 5-ton classes ET42 and EZ50 respectively enable even more efficient and comfortable working – a boost for every construction site. The new model generation of the vibratory roller RD7 delivers optimum work results on asphalt as well as on soil surfaces. With its revised design and function, the center pole makes compacting very easy for the operator.
The zero emission solutions in action:
Video on zero-emission inner-city night construction site: https://youtu.be/J7DR7aF0f18
Video on zero-emission landscaping application: https://youtu.be/uzWzIRpsU5k