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Deutz and Maeda develop electric crawler crane


February 1, 2022
By Bill Tremblay
Maeda electric craneThe Maeda CC 1485 crawler crane is fitted with a 360-volt drive powered by a lithium-ion battery.

The first Maeda crane equipped with an electric drive from Duetz has made its debut and will help to make building sites more environmentally friendly.

The CC 1485 crawler crane is fitted with a 360-volt drive powered by a lithium-ion battery.

“Maeda has already been in the electrified vehicle market with its small spider-crane in Europe. We experience a strong pick-up in demand from our customers for environmentally friendly products,” said Tomiaki Habasaki, executive general manager at Maeda.

“In order to electrify our crawler crane, we decided on a joint development with Deutz, as Deutz is known for its proven technology and experience in electrified drive trains for off-highway equipment.”

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With an output of 40 kW, this zero-emission crane maintains power. Deutz is a pioneer of carbon-neutral drive systems for off-highway applications and is steadily expanding its range of alternative drives for its customers.

“Environmentally friendly construction sites are now a reality, not a distant dream. We are delighted to be here with Maeda today to present the prototypes for an electric construction-site vehicle,” said Dr. Ing. Markus Müller, chief technology officer of Deutz AG.

“The CC 1485 is already fully functional. Our electric drive is quiet, efficient and emission free, even when used on a building site.”

With a load capacity of up to 6 tonnes the CC 1485 mini crawler crane is the powerhouse of the crane series. Both companies plan to showcase the vehicle at the bauma 2022 trade fair, enabling it to be seen by more people in the industry.

Full production of the Deutz electric drive is expected to begin in 2023.

“We thank Maeda for the trust and the interesting joint project. It fills us with pride to electrify this machine and support Maeda on its way to emission-free mobility,” said Michael Wellenzohn, Deutz board member responsible for sales, marketing and service.