LPG mini from Kubota
24 August 2021
While fuels like hydrogen and HVO are making headlines as interest grows in sustainable solutions for powering machinery, we mustn’t forget other alternatives – one of which is LPG.
Kubota has now formally launched a mini excavator driven by the fuel as part of a Smart Energy Solutions range.
First seen as a prototype at the Bauma plant exhibition in 2019, the KX019-4 SI HGL LPG has a spark ignition engine and is said to offer the same levels of performance and productivity as the diesel KX019-4 model.
The LPG machine (above) emits almost zero particulate matter and reduces nitrous oxide and hydrocarbon emissions to just 5% of an equivalent diesel engine, says Kubota.
As a result the engine does not require after-treatment such as a DPF (diesel particulate filter), reducing the need for maintenance, and it has lower noise levels.
● Also new from Kubota is the lithium battery-driven KC70H-4e tracked dumper (below). Derived from the diesel powered KC70 model, it offers a 700kg load capacity.
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