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Yanmar unveils electric SV17e prototype

by Kyle Molyneux  |  Tue 23 Nov 2021

Yanmar unveils electric SV17e prototype

Yanmar Compact Equipment has a long and well-deserved reputation for delivering fuel efficient and sustainable engine technology. Now, the company brings its engine and mini-excavator expertise into the field of electrification with its first electric mini-excavator prototype: the new SV17e. This innovation represents an important strategic step in the transformation for Yanmar Compact Equipment.

The SV17e is aimed at customers in the European market and plays in the 1.5 to 2.0 tonnes segment. Powered by efficient electric drive and 48V batteries with fast charging capability, it’s a quiet, zero emission machine designed to meet the most demanding emissions restrictions. The design and engineering team have set out to build a machine which offers the highest levels of comfort, ergonomics and operational power, precision, and control.

In preparation for its sales start at Bauma 2022 (held on October 24th to 30th), the prototype SV17e is currently undergoing Yanmar’s vigorous product testing regime. These tough field tests are uncompromising in their thoroughness to ensure an uncompromising level of durability and reliability in the design and engineering.

Sota Takami, Director Engineering EMEA said, “We are very pleased with the performance to date – as you would expect, we have a rigorous testing regime which pushes every aspect of the machine to its limit. The machine has performed very well in all these tests. We are particularly pleased with the power, and control of the machine. Of course, this is a quiet, zero emission machine but that, in itself, is not enough. We must create a great feeling for the operator. I am confident that professional operators will be very comfortable in this machine, they will certainly feel the power, control and the precision handling they will need to take on the big jobs as well as the small jobs.”

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