With the WL20e, which has a shovel capacity of 0.2 cubic meters, WackerNeuson is presenting the first wheel loader with an electric drive system for emission-free work. The wheel loader awarded with the WackerNeuson ECO seal – for particularly economical and environmentally friendly products – has the same performance as the conventional model WL20. Two electric motors, one for the drive system and one for the hydraulics, ensure that the performance parameters of the wheel loader WL20e correspond to those of the conventional machine. The off-road capability is similar to the diesel-driven model WL20. Consequently, entrepreneurs who opt for the compact battery-operated wheel loader WL20e do not have to make any compromises with regard to performance, but can also benefit from the advantage of zero emissions. No exhaust emissions result when working with the new wheel loader, which is an aspect that is becoming increasingly important, especially on construction sites in urban areas, when working indoors, such as in greenhouses, building restorations or parking garages. All currently applicable exhaust emission standards for mobile work machines with combustion engines are no problem for the new WackerNeuson wheel loader WL20e. With the wheel loader CO2-emissions can be reduced by up to 43 percent* ; a fact that underlines the machines environmental friendliness. A positive ancillary effect is the significant reduction of noise emissions. In addition, the energy costs of the wheel loader WL20e are significantly below those of a diesel-operated model – savings of up to 50 percent are possible – and there are additional cost advantages in the maintenance and service intervals, since fewer elements and components are used that are exposed to wear or that could fail. Once the battery is fully charged, a work application of up to five hours can take place with the wheel loader WL20e – enough time for typical applications, such as loading and transporting goods over short distances. A lead-acid battery is used that is time-tested and proven in the industrial sector. To charge, an electrical connection of 400 volts is required, which is available on most construction sites. For the charging process, the engine hood is opened and the battery connected to the battery charger. The corresponding plug receptacle is installed on the machine such that it is protected against dust and splash-water. With a height of 2.19 meters and a width of just one meter, the wheel loader can easily be used in confined spaces or in buildings. The articulated pendulum joint allows the machine to remain stable even on uneven floors. As the front and rear ends can oscillate independently of each other, the wheels always have maximum traction. With an operating weight of 2,300 kilograms, the battery-operated wheel loader WL20e achieves a tipping load of 1,416 kilograms – around 200 kilograms more than the conventional machine. The shovel capacity with a standard bucket is 0.2 cubic meters. The battery-powered wheel loader WL20e supplements the series with the first model with an electric drive system for emission-free work.