Case’s electric backhoe has performance equivalent to a diesel at 10% of the operating cost

Yellow-machine builder Case has unveiled a new all-electric backhoe, which it claims performs as well as a diesel while saving up to 90% in operating costs.

“The CASE 580 EV (electric vehicle) delivers backhoe power and performance equivalent to its diesel counterpart while also providing instant torque, lower jobsite noise, lower daily and lifetime operating costs, reduced maintenance demands and absolutely zero emissions,” says Case.

The 580 EV features a 90 kWh battery pack. According to Case, battery capacity is sufficient for “a typical 8-hour work day,” and the machine saves “as much as 90 percent in annual vehicle, fuel and maintenance costs.”

The battery separately powers the drivetrain and hydraulic motors, resulting in improved performance during simultaneous loader and drivetrain operation.

Case has not announced a price, but says it has it has already sold units to several US electric utilities.

“The backhoe loader is perfectly suited for electrification, as the varied use cycles, from heavy to light work, provide an excellent opportunity to convert wasted diesel engine hours into zero-consumption battery time—yet provide the operator with instantaneous torque response when needed,” said Eric Zieser, Director of Case’s Global Compact Equipment product line. “At low idle, a diesel engine has reduced torque and requires time for the engine to ramp up to meet the load demands. Electric motors, on the other hand, have instantaneous torque and peak torque available at every operating speed.”

Source: CASE via Electrek


    This is really interesting to see and read. Did not think we were to this point yet. Good for Case!

  • trollman

    Maybe a plug in like the big drag lines lol

  • Nick Seidel

    I can see where this may be handy in a small number of cases but I don’t know any construction company that actually works an 8 hour day, usually 10-12 and for new construction and remote sites where there may not be power utilities it’s almost useless as it will have to be driven back to an area to charge overnight.

    • Bill Nowell

      Perfect for our municipal application where the backhoe spends all night in a garage and works on maintenance projects that rarely go over 8 hours. Should also work for others like some farmers, our local marina and boat yard….

  • peter szczesiak

    It has to start somewhere and Case are getting there, others will follow especially as red diesel leaves the scene! Good on Case

  • DWH

    How about a portable solar array? Never have to haul fuel.

  • Spencer Childress

    So what happens when all these construction companies but EV equipment and plug in at the end of each day. Electricity to recharge these isn’t zero emissions fuel. People forget where they get electricity from. FIY… It’s not from the wall socket. What will probably happen is that you’ll start seeing job sites with massive diesel generators onsite and those will be recharging the equipment. Probably still cheaper and less maintenance to do on a generator than on every piece of equipment. You can’t take that backhoe home every night to your garage.

    • RollingElectrons

      Oh please, not that tired trope again. All backhoes will not be replaced. Especially not in a very short time span. Many backhoe jobs are well suited for an electric powered vehicle and Case will be more successful as more contractors discover this. As for emissions reduction, electric power will reduce emissions even when power mix is predominantly from coal plants. Electric vehicle drivers know this and know exactly where their electricity is generated. Contractors will use the proper tool for the job. In many cases the superior tool is proving to be the electric powered one.