Following the 2022 release of the Bobcat T7X, the world’s first all-electric compact track loader, at the ConExpo-CON/AGG Bobcat has unveiled the world’s first all-electric skid-steer loader, the S7X. Bobcat has also stepped beyond industry expectations with the unveiling of its new concept track loader, the RogueX. This next-generation concept machine explores the capabilities of electric power, autonomous operation and dual lift-arm geometry.
“At Bobcat, we are always pushing the boundaries to explore the next leading advancements that help our customers accomplish more and propel the industry forward,” said Scott Park, Doosan Bobcat CEO and vice chairman. “As an organization, we are committed to innovating for our customers’ needs first and foremost, so that they can become more efficient, more productive and more successful.”
ConExpo and the Bobcat S7X
Like the T7X, the S7X is all electric, as it is powered by a 60.5-kWh, lithium-ion battery, features electric drive motors and utilizes ball screw actuators for lift and tilt functions.
Together, the battery and electrical powertrain generate incredible performance characteristics, with instantaneous torque that is as much as three times greater than traditional loaders. The powerful loader balances sustainability and performance with zero emissions and is equipped to outperform its diesel-powered equivalent.
This skid-steer loader offers operators a smooth and comfortable experience with minimal vibration and nearly silent operation.
The S7X can operate for up to 8 hours on a single charge depending on the application, giving most operators more than a full day’s work when breaks and downtime are considered. A full charge takes approximately 10 hours.
At this time, the S7X skid-steer loader is being debuted as a prototype with plans to move to commercialization.
The Bobcat RogueX combines technologically advanced features to make it a one-of-a-kind conceptual machine. While most closely resembling a track loader, the machine is in a category all its own.
As a research and development project, the machine was built as a proving ground to advance the Bobcat innovation roadmap, evaluate customer perceptions and test the limits of machine functionality.
As jobsites change and operators turn to remote operation, Bobcat took its concept further by fully eliminating an operator station. The machine explores the idea of operating where humans cannot go to tackle more work in more places than ever from a remote position.
By building the loader without a cab and using advanced kinematics, RogueX features next-generation unique functionality including both vertical-path and radial-path lift capabilities in one machine. The all-electric and autonomous concept machine produces zero emissions as it features a lithium-ion battery, electric drive system and no hydraulics.
RogueX is in the early research and development stage at Bobcat. No additional details on future commercialization are available at this time.