‘Battery One’Published 20/12, 2022 at 09:51
Battery powered construction equipment is becoming an increasingly attractive option for construction companies, especially with investments in a battery and charger now being compatible with a growing range of equipment from different vendors. Wacker Neuson equipment has been using battery power since 2014 which now works with eleven different products.
Since 2021, Wacker Neuson’s field proven battery has been deployed in Bomag’s electrically powered rammers. Now Mikasa, Swepac and Enarco have decided to use the same battery in their compaction equipment. To ensure instant recognisability among customers and users, these interoperable batteries and chargers are all marked with the Battery One branding. “The availability of a multi-vendor interchangeable battery for construction equipment is key to the growing adoption of electro mobility on building sites,” states Stefan Pfetsch, managing director of Wacker Neuson Produktion GmbH & Co. KG. “Compatibility provides huge benefits for the customers. We see demand for battery operated equipment growing all the time. With Battery One, we make it easier for customers to go electric, in particular to switch from products that were previously powered by conventional drive technologies.”
“Battery One’s compatibility across different brands and products will further increase the penetration of electric equipment and the sustainability of battery lifecycle management on construction sites,” says Ralf Junker, president of Bomag GmbH. “Together with our customers we are helping to make construction sites around the world more environmentally friendly.” Hironari Kyoya, president of Mikasa Sangyo Co.,Ltd, adds: “A powerful and interchangeable battery solves a number of challenges on the building site, such as the need to extend battery runtimes, accelerate charging times and lower equipment and infrastructure costs. All of this adds up to greater convenience for our customers.” Wacker Neuson’s interoperable products are already identified with the Battery One branding. Soon, Bomag, Mikasa, Swepac and Enarco will also be adding the Battery One logo to their compatible batteries. These manufacturers presented their newly branded products at the recent bauma trade show.
Future fit battery technology is a key driver for the development and incentivising the development of sustainable products that will resonate strongly with customers. Building on recent positive experiences with Battery One, Wacker Neuson thus intends to collaborate with the above mentioned manufacturers to establish an open standard for construction equipment batteries. In order to discuss the possibility of a battery standard, vendors will engage in negotiations to establish the exact nature and implementation timeline for this concept while respecting antitrust requirements in particular.
Collaboration is inspired by the idea that customers will benefit from cost savings when they invest in battery powered products, creating strong momentum for the wider uptake of zero emission equipment on construction sites. The establishment of such a standard will also simplify construction site workflows and logistics by eliminating the need to manage different battery and charging systems. The aim is to make the battery system available to further manufacturers in the construction sector.