• The 580 EV has the same functions and power capabilities as its diesel-powered counterpart while having the benefit of being quieter with zero emissions.
  • Two units of the 580 EV will be delivered this year to Avangrid and National Grid in the US.
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Case Construction Equipment has unveiled the 580 EV "Project Zeus", a fully electric backhoe loader.

The construction equipment company is quite familiar with backhoe loaders: CASE claims it built the first factory-integrated one in 1957. And now, the company is progressing towards the future of electrification by creating what it claims to be the industry's first electrified backhoe loader.

The new Project Zeus has the same functions and power as a typical diesel-fueled backhoe loader. However, because it's electric, the cost of operating the 580 EV is significantly lower than operating its diesel counterpart, according to Case. It's also quieter and emits zero emissions, optimizing it for construction use in crowded cities.

The 580 EV's electrified quality also makes it appealing to companies that are encouraged to work with low emissions equipment, Case claims. Two units of Project Zeus will be delivered to companies in the US during the first and second quarter of this year. One will be sent to Avangrid which services New England and New York and the other to National Grid, which serves Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York.

Keep scrolling to see Project Zeus, which joins a lineup of newly electrified utility vehicles that are now being manufactured around the world :

Case's head of construction equipment Leandro Lecheta said in a statement that the 580 EV is a "practical innovation that drives real savings and competitive advantages for backhoe owners."

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The 580 EV could save companies up to 90% in service and maintenance-related spendings, Case projects. It also estimates that the payback on purchasing the 580 EV can be achieved within five years.

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Project Zeus can be used for projects that alternate between "heavy to light work" as the idling in-between won't affect the electric motor's torque.

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Project Zeus has a 480-volt, 90-kilowatt-hour battery pack that can power it through a typical eight-hour shift. The battery can be charged with a 220-volt charger.

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The backhoe loaders cab holds the machines upgraded joystick, premium seating, and a Bluetooth radio.

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It comes with Case SiteWatch, which monitors the 580 EV's performance. It also has features found in other Case non-electric backhoes, like ProControl, which aids in controlling the boom, and Comfort Steer, which helps with steering functions.

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This isn't Case's first non-diesel powered construction equipment design. In 2019, Case partnered with Michelin to create a concept methane-powered wheel loader. Michelin also outfitted the 580 EV with its CrossGrip tires for Project Zeus's showcase at North America's largest construction trade show, CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020.

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