There is a growing demand for electric and hybrid versions of wheel loaders in the construction industry as the drive towards lowering CO2 and emissions continues
Developed at the Danfoss Application Development Centre in Nordborg, Denmark, the Editron fully-electric wheel loader system has been designed to provide high-performance levels with greater efficiency and reduced energy consumption. The Editron system includes an EM-PMI375-T800 motor, which has a speed range of up to 4000RPM, and uses synchronous reluctance assisted permanent magnet technology, as well as EC-C1200-AFE350 DC/AC converters and a DC-DC converter. Its configuration means that its 650V battery supplies the DC voltage, which is then inverted to AC to control the traction motor. The other subsystems can also be operated from the DC link voltage.
When fitted with Danfoss Editron’s fully-electric system, a wheel loader, the company says that it will offer multiple benefits compared to traditional hydraulic versions of the machine, including anticipated emissions savings of approximately 35 tonnes of CO2 annually based on average low, medium and high work cycles. It is also said to reduce running costs, lower noise from the engine and minimise vibrations during operation, resulting in increased comfort levels for operators.