Several construction equipment manufacturers including Chenggong, Liugong, Lovol, SDLG and XGMA have used Bauma China to showcase new construction equipment powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). Lower emissions and greater fuel efficiency are among the key benefits of the technology.
Having launched an LNG-powered wheeled loader at Bauma China 2010, XGMA have used this year’s show to take the wraps a 21.5 tonne tracked excavator, the XG822CNG.
Lovol and Liugong’s new LNG machines are both wheeled loaders in the 191 kW class – the FL966F-EXT (LNG) and CLG-862 LNG respectively.
Ed Wagner, director of testing and advanced technology for Liugong said, “It makes a lot of sense. There are a lot of markets in the world where gas is significantly cheaper (than diesel). It is also a lower emission fuel because it is a simple molecule and it has been used in forklifts for years and years.”
SDLG meanwhile says its 18.4 tonne LG968N offers fuel savings of up to 40% over traditional diesel machines.