Terex introduces twin drive excavator

By Helen Wright08 June 2011

Terex's new TX16 Dual Drive mini excavator. The machne is powered by both an electric motor (in gree

Terex's new TX16 Dual Drive mini excavator. The machne is powered by both an electric motor (in green) and a diesel engine.

Terex is showcasing its new TC16 Twin Drive mini excavator at the International Rental Exhibition (IRE) in Amsterdam ­- a twin drive machine that is powered by both a diesel and an electric engine.

"We developed the TC16 Twin Drive with the rental market firmly in mind," Terex sales manager for Germany and Switzerland, Andreas Hactergal, Told IRN. "It features all the same components as a regular TC16 but we fitted an extra electric engine so the machine can be used in closed environments."

"The diesel engine produces 13.1 kW and can drive the excavator from trailer to jobsite, then the electrical system, which produces 11 kW, can be switched on for a safe and quite working environment on jobs such as renovation on buildings, demolition works and green houses with no emissions," Mr Hactergal said.

Terex unveiled a prototype of the dual engine crawler excavator - which weighs 1.9 tonnes and can dig to 2.2 m - at last year's Bauma exhibition in China. The full machine, debuted at IRN, will go into production in the coming weeks.

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