Caterpillar – TASER

Electrifying construction machinery

Project Highlights

  • Combining Caterpillar’s deep understanding of construction equipment and systems integration with innovative electrification systems produced by AVID Technology
  • Delivering the first electrified Caterpillar vehicle, producing zero-emissions and low noise and first electrified Caterpillar – the learnings from this will benefit future model development
  • This innovative project will deliver the first machine of this type to go beyond basic testbed level, bringing a fully electrified compact machine from R&D through to a high level TRL/MRL
  • AVID will deliver a highly integrated electric powertrain, utilising high torque dense axial flux electric motors and integrated power electronics
  • Novel electrical architecture is being utilised and developed to the demanding standards required in the off-highway market
  • Several new technologies will be developed that could form a platform for other heavy-duty vehicles
  • Total project value £6.6 million, with £3.3 million funded through the APC

A transformation of Caterpillar UK to zero emissions producer

Innovative from a business perspective, a key objective for this project, is to trigger business transformation across Caterpillar UK. As a diesel machine manufacturer there is a lot to learn regarding construction equipment electrification, all for the benefit of a future generation of heavy duty vehicles emitting zero CO2 emissions.Developing a fully electric powertrain for the demanding environmental conditions and duty cycles required by the off-highway machinery market is technically demanding and requires significant innovation as most components available and developed for the passenger car market are not suitable.

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