At the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the unveiling of shiny new machines from John Deere and Caterpillar, highlighting how both operating costs and pollution can be reduced, drew a lot of buzz. Here’s the fun new stuff to keep an eye and ear out for, as well as a more pragmatic application even smaller builders can use to drive their businesses forward.
Some of the new equipment shown at CES takes cool to a new level—literally, as Construction Dive reports:
John Deere made a big splash at CES, unveiling its 145 X Tier electric excavator powered by Kreisel’s patented immersion cooling architecture. The battery-powered earthmover is designed to reduce operating costs and noise pollution and increase reliability while eliminating combustion emissions. The 145 X Tier is expected to hit the market within the next few years as part of John Deere’s commitment to provide more than 20 hybrid-electric and full battery-electric machines by 2026.
At an exhibit highlighting its impact on mining and construction, Caterpillar showed off its autonomous 100-ton Cat 777 off-highway truck, which is able to operate in the most extreme environments without a driver on board. CES participants were able to experience Cat Command technologies in real time at two remote operating stations connected to a Cat large dozer and a Cat excavator that were located hundreds of miles away.
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Hey, it could happen. Another buzz worthy “new reality” shown off at CES for the construction crowd was presented by Flying Whales:
Dirigibles, engine-powered wingless aircraft consisting of a large bag filled with lighter-than-air gas, have served as symbols of a utopian future for more than a century. They’re about to become a new reality for construction companies seeking sustainable special cargo transport in dense and remote areas.
Flying Whales was at CES to present a model of its LCA60T, a helium-filled dirigible that offers vertical takeoff and landing and can reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. The aircraft, which is 600 feet long and 150 feet in diameter, can load and unload up to 60 tons of heavy and bulky loads in hover flight. It reduces ground footprint because no infrastructure is required for operation and will eliminate emissions with full-electric propulsion on the horizon. Flying Whales expects the dirigible’s first flight with a hybrid gas-electric engine to take place this year.
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