Hitachi presents prototype electric excavator at Bauma

In response to the growing need for emission-free equipment, Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME) unveiled a prototype battery-powered mini excavator at Bauma.


The ZX23U-6EB epitomises the company’s aim to accelerate innovation to address the challenges of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“The exceptional manoeuvrability of the prototype ZX23U-6EB is due to its short tail swing – inherited from the diesel-powered ZX20U-5B model available in the Japanese market. There are no compromises on performance compared to diesel-powered machines,” said Hitachi.

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The prototype ZX23U-6EB will be designed and produced as a collaboration between Hitachi and EACP (European Advanced Construction Products GmbH), a joint venture between Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd and KTEG (Kiesel Technologie Entwicklung GmbH).

Further underlining its commitments to delivering sustainable solutions, Hitachi intends to expand its battery-powered products line-up in Europe in the coming years.

Prototype ZX23U-6EB specifications

  • Rated power:    10 kW@2000 min-1
  • Operating weight:   2 300 kg
  • Battery capacity:  18 kWh
  • Onboard charger output: 6.6 kW
  • Charging inlet:   CEE 400VAC-3 phase
  • Bucket ISO heaped:   0.05m3
  • Overall length:    3 860 mm
  • Overall width:    1 410 mm
  • Overall height of cab:   2 395 mm
  • Rear-end swing radius (battery):  825 mm