First Hitachi hybrid excavators hit Australia
Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia (HCA) recently announced the arrival of its first batch of ZH210 hybrid excavators in the country, with one delivered to Queensland and another to Western Australia.
The excavators were launched in the country in late June this year.
HCA National Product Manager Scott Smith says the two deliveries are significant not only because they are the first batch to arrive in Australia, but also because they are the first Hitachi Hybrids delivered outside Japan.
"Alongside our national investment in brand new state-of-the-art facilities, both in the East and West, it’s a continued demonstration of Hitachi Construction Machinery’s commitment to Australia with respect to introducing the most innovative construction machinery technology in the world," he says.
According to Smith, demand for fuel-efficiency and environmental considerations will grow the ‘green’ earthmoving equipment segment.
"Our Hybrid excavators feature the exclusive TRIAS-HX system, which utilises a combination of regenerated electric and hydraulic power with swing momentum," he says.
"This system ticks both boxes."
One of the two purchasers to receive the first batch of deliveries is Queensland based contracting business Duke Contracting.
Director Nick Duke says the new machine represents the business’ commitment to the environment.
"It allows us to maintain our reputation with top tier infrastructure contracts as it proves we are serious about our carbon footprint," he says.
"Hitachi has always treated me well. Even when I bought my first machine, they were treating me as if I had already bought fifty.
"We’re looking forward to Hitachi releasing more Hybrids, we would embrace them quickly."
Another receiver of the first Hitachi hybrid ZH210 excavators in Australia is WA’s Reilly Contractors.
Managing Director Mike Reilly says the machines represent the future of the construction industry.
"It’s about being greener and mindful of our carbon footprint and ultimately the opportunity of saving fuel," he says.
"The savings from lower fuel consumption go straight back to rewarding and retaining our people and the client."
Reilly adds the new hybrid has already exceeded his fuel-saving expectations.
"Our operators support our decision to head in this direction – they see the Hybrid as a good thing," he says.
"As a group, we are encouraged and excited about the future of Hybrid machines and welcome the release of a larger machine with the same percentage fuel savings as the 20 tonner."
He adds that while the hybrid technology is new to his business, the Hitachi brand isn’t.
"With that in mind, I had full confidence with the purchase knowing I could rely on the team here in WA for back-up."
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