Komatsu extends Hybrid benefits to 35 tonne excavator class

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Updated: February 17, 2014

Komatsu Australia has announced the global release of the HB335LC-1, a 35 tonne version of its award-winning Hybrid excavator.

The HB335LC-1 features the same Komatsu-designed Ultra Capacitor-based slew-energy regeneration system as on Komatsu’s proven 20-tonne class HB205-1 and HB215LC-1 Hybrid excavators.

The first commercially available hybrid excavators on the global market, Komatsu hybrid excavators were released locally in 2011. There are now over 40 sold in Australia and more than 2000 units operating around the world.

According to Amber Rickard, Komatsu Australia’s National Business Manager – Construction the release of a 35-tonne class Hybrid excavator was a logical development for Komatsu, particularly in the Australian market.

“Our initial Hybrid range was developed around 20-tonne class machines, because that is where the largest sector of the market is globally,” she said.

“However, in Australia, where the 35-tonne class is the larger market segment, it made a lot of sense to bring the benefits of Komatsu Hybrid excavator technology to this size machine.”

Rickard said that due to the success of the Komatsu 20-tonne Hybrid and the demand for 35-tonne excavators in the Australian market, Komatsu Australia was selected to host the global release of the Komatsu 35-tonne Hybrid excavator and recently handed over the very first HB335LC-1 in the world.

“Our customers have been asking for a 35-tonne class hybrid excavator ever since the release of the HB205-1 and HB215LC-1 – and Komatsu has delivered,” she said.

As with Komatsu’s 20 tonne-class Hybrid excavators, the new HB335LC-1 Hybrid combines a number of unique features to deliver fuel savings and environmental benefits.

It combines Komatsu’s Ultra Capacitor with an inverter, motor generator and electric swing motor and the engine, all optimally controlled to suit the work situation.

The electric swing motor/generator captures and regenerates energy as the upperstructure slows during slew operations, converting it into electrical energy.

This regenerated energy is stored in the Ultra Capacitor, used by the electric swing motor to rotate the upper structure and also utilised by the generator/motor to assist the engine when it needs to accelerate – reducing fuel consumption and operational costs significantly.

Rickard said the HB335LC-1 would bring significant fuel-saving and CO2 reduction benefits to 35-tonne class excavators.

“Depending on application, customers will see an average fuel consumption saving of 20% from our new 35-tonne Hybrid excavator,” she said.

“We expect this saving to be greater in certain applications – similar to those seen in our 20-tonne class Hybrid excavators.”

Rickard said that over the past two years, Komatsu Hybrid users throughout Australia have achieved significant savings in fuel consumption compared with equivalent Komatsu conventional excavators.

“Conventional Komatsu excavators are recognised as being among the most fuel-efficient on the market – and Komatsu Hybrid owners have been saving thousands of dollars a year in diesel costs,” she said.

“Over this same period, Hybrid owners have seen the same high levels of reliability, production and performance they are used to with conventional Komatsu excavators.

“This means that purchasers of Komatsu Hybrid excavators can do so secure in the knowledge they are investing in a fully proven concept which has successfully logged millions of operating hours worldwide since its initial launch in selected markets in 2008,” she said.

“Komatsu is strongly committed to environmental conservation and also dedicated to developing new and innovative products which improve performance and efficiency – and the Komatsu Hybrid excavator is the perfect combination of these ideals.

“Komatsu really does lead the way with Hybrid excavators and also has the added benefit of technical expertise and experience in Hybrid excavator technology spanning more than a decade.”