Customers now have a choice: fully electric or diesel driven? The 5055e offers zero emissions, excellent performance and off-road capability plus low service costs. Construction site operators face a challenge when it comes to using diesel-powered vehicles in buildings, on inner-city construction sites or in tunnels. Thanks to the new fully electric drive, it is now possible to perform work indoors, completely emission-free with the Kramer 5055e. Additionally, both operators and the environment are protected thanks to zero emissions and extremely low noise levels. This fact should also be of particular interest to municipalities and holiday regions, where residents and holiday guests will not have to suffer the effects of noise and exhaust emissions. The electric wheel loader not only makes sense with its environmental benefits, but also with its high cost-effectiveness: Due to the significantly lower maintenance costs, the initial higher price can quickly be recouped. The usual maintenance intervals still comply to ensure that the machine continues to work reliably and economically. As maintenance of an engine is not required, inspection of the machine is correspondingly shorter and hence cheaper. In addition, the price advantage of electricity compared to diesel fuel should be kept in mind. In the size class of 0.55 m³ bucket capacity, Kramer’s 5055e wheel loader launches the first fully electric machine on the market. The performance parameters, off-road capability and ease of operation are equal to the conventional model. Thanks to the stack payload of 1,750 kg, the wheel loader is versatile in its application: For example, transport of stone palettes is possible without any problems. Kramer emphasises the co-ordination of parts and components, to allow precise operation. To achieve this two electric motors are used: one for operating the hydraulics and one for the drive. Depending on the application, power is automatically provided by the respective motor. This helps minimise energy consumption. The electric motor is powered using reliable lead-acid accumulators or lead-fleece accumulators. The battery charger is integrated with the lead-fleece accumulators and charging is very easy, as it can be accomplished via a standard power socket (230 V). Depending on the application and utilisation of the wheel loader, a single charge lasts up to five hours of operation. The charging time of the machine is between four and eight hours depending on the battery option chosen. “We are pleased that we can offer our customers an emission-free and environmentally friendly machine. We are certain that this product will make an important contribution to preserving resources and increasing the efficiency of our customers,” says Karl Friedrich Hauri, managing director at Kramer.