The Japanese company Komatsu, which is world famous for producing heavy construction machinery and road construction, intends to keep up with the latest technology and launch its products with electric propulsion. To achieve this goal, Komatsu will work with Proterra to draw on the experience of the American company, which is active in the field of energy storage equipment.
As announced, Protra will supply components such as batteries and accessories for Komatsu. The Japanese company plans to start testing small and medium-sized electric drilling machines later this year. If the tests are successful and everything goes according to plan, mass production of these machines will start from 2023 or finally 2024.
You might say that electric propulsion is still in its infancy, and Komatsu’s decision to produce heavy machinery with such propulsion is a hasty move. But the answer is that the future of the automotive industry is tied to electricity and battery technology is advancing rapidly, so Komatsu could overtake its competitors in the years to come.
Electric propulsion has several advantages. Delivering the most torque from the initial cycles, much less moving parts and as a result more durability, quietness and no emissions are some of the most important advantages of these engines.
As environmental issues become the focus of attention these days and many countries adjust their policies based on less polluting gases, the field will be narrow for heavy construction machinery, especially inside cities whose operation can reduce air pollution. Intensify.
Electric motors are not perfect and have their own problems. These include the high weight and price of the battery pack, the long charge time, and the lack of infrastructure in most areas. Limited range of motion – especially on cold days of the year – has become the Achilles heel of electric models from the beginning.
But it is important to note that heavy machinery is usually deployed in remote areas and out of cities, so how to charge their batteries will be a big challenge for Komatsu if they use electric propulsion. In any case, we have to wait and see with what quality the promise of this famous company will be fulfilled.