Posted March 22, 2022

Prototype electric mini excavator

Yanmar CE unveils the SV17e, its first electric mini excavator prototype.

This innovation represents an important strategic step in the transformation for Yanmar Compact Equipment, sources report.

Yanmar prototype electric mini excavator
Yanmar CE unveils the SV17e, its first electric mini excavator prototype.

“Our aim, together with our dealer partners, is to build stronger relationships and create even greater customer value,” says Giuliano Parodi, Yanmar CEO. “Our transformation will embrace our entire business and will encompass new products with alternative fuel technologies. The SV17e prototype is a clear demonstration of our intent to build a sustainable business for our customers and dealer partners.”

The SV17e is a mini excavator is initially aimed at European customers in the 1.5- to 2-ton segment. Powered by an efficient electric drive and 48-volt batteries with fast charging capability, it’s a quiet, zero-emission machine designed to meet the most demanding emissions restrictions. .

“Our prototype is significant because it demonstrates our capability to bring the quality and reliability of our highly respected conventional engine technology into the arena of electrification,” explains, Cedric Durand, director of product management, EMEA. “But we have gone further. As always, the operator is at the heart of this machine, and we have challenged ourselves to deliver the comfort, power, control and precision that we believe will surpass the expectations of professional operators.”

The prototype SV17e is currently undergoing Yanmar’s vigorous product testing regimen. These tough field tests will ensure an uncompromising level of durability and reliability in the unit's design and engineering.

“We are very pleased with the performance to date – as you would expect, we have a rigorous testing regimen which pushes every aspect of the machine to its limit. The machine has performed very well in all of these tests. We are particularly pleased with the power and control of the machine. Of course, this is a quiet, zero-emission machine but that in itself is not enough. We must create a great feeling for the operator. I am confident that professional operators will be very comfortable in this machine, they will certainly feel the power, control and the precision handling they will need to take on the big jobs as well as the small jobs,” says Sota Takami, director engineering EMEA.

Watch the SV17e teaser video: