"Caterpillar turned the heads of CES attendees with a monstrous, all-electric
underground mining loader – but the real game-changer wasn’t the big mining
rig, or even the electric excavator. Instead, it was Cat’s cutting-edge energy
management systems to keep electric equipment charged up and ready to work.
“We are thrilled to return to CES to showcase our advancements in energy
solutions. This event is renowned as the proving ground for breakthrough
technologies and global innovators, making it the ideal place for us to
demonstrate our leadership in power systems and integrated service solutions,
which help our customers in the energy transition,” said Rod Shurman, senior
vice president of Caterpillar’s Electrification + Energy Solutions Division.
To that end, Caterpillar showcased a number of on-site generators capable of
generating electric power to store in its battery energy storage system (BESS).
Caterpillar says its BESS is designed for rapid plug-and-play installation and
integration, compatible with any combination of diesel, natural gas, or
renewable energy sources.
Granted, fuel-agnostic energy storage is something most BESS products are
capable of – but the concept of using on-site batteries for EV charging is
still new enough that it might still be news to Cat’s customers. In fairness,
Cat’s big BESS offers a comprehensive array of charging ports, making it
compatible with almost any EV, charging it in about 20-40 minutes."
Via Christoph S.
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics