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Hevi unveil new electric wheel loader

A new electric wheel loader model has been unveiled by New Jersey-based equipment manufacturer Hevi

The Gel-5000 has a range of bucket options from 2.7 to 4.5 cubic metres

The Gel-5000 is Hevi’s second electric wheel loader offering but has been made considerably bigger than its predecessor – with a payload of five tonnes compared to the 1.8-tonne payload of the Gel-1800.

The Gel-5000 also features Hevi’s latest loader design with high range articulation to better access all angles on a worksite, all terrain tyres, and quality hydraulics which can lift buckets ranging from 2.7 to 4.5 cubic metres in caHepacity.

The new wheel loader remains emissions-free thanks to its all-electric, lithium-ion drive motor which produces 120 kW (160.9hp) of rated power.

A battery can power the GEL-5000 for up to eight hours on a full charge. Charging the machine takes three hours at 90kW and five hours at 60kW, however an optional 60/90 kW output charging facility will be required.

Hevi also says the lack of an internal combustion engine (ICE) not only eliminates emissions, but also ensures clearer air and removes any noise found on a typical on worksites to better protect operators from hazardous noise levels.

Fewer moving parts also creates savings in maintenance and, as a result, a lower cost of ownership across the machine’s lifespan.

Hevi chief executive Raymond Wang says the Gel-5000 offers an enhanced operator experience.

“Our Gel-5000 once again raises the bar on what is possible, with extensive new advantages for operators, simple maintenance [and] zero operating emissions,” he says.

Inside the cab, the Gel-5000 is fully air-conditioned and has been rated to work in temperatures up to 60 degrees Celsius. Improved seat suspension also keeps operators comfortable with the electric drive also producing less vibrations than a standard diesel wheel loader.

An on-board display provides the operators with live updates of the machine including battery levels, motor temperature and pressure levels, while intuitive controls make operating the loader a simplified experience.

Hevi has also produces a range of electric excavators and forklifts. A timeline for the Gel-5000’s arrival into Australia has not been given.

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