CNH Industrial recently unveiled the world’s first biomethane-powered wheel loader. The launch took place at the Bauma show during April 2019. Known as ProjectTETRA, the wheel loader runs entirely on alternative and renewable fuel, described by the company as a ‘pragmatic solution for the construction industry’.
The biomethane-powered engine, which has been designed by FPT Industrial, delivers a maximum of 230hp and matches the power and torque of an equivalent diesel engine in the Case 821G wheel loader, with a smoother and quieter drive. The wheel loader is powered by a six-cylinder NG engine that has fuel savings up of to 30% in comparison to its diesel counterpart.
The biomethane-powered wheel loader offers considerable emission reductions, including 95% less carbon dioxide (CO2), 90% less nitrogen dioxide and 99% lower particulate matter than an equivalent diesel engine, according to the company. They added that it delivers an 80% reduction in overall emissions and also achieves a 50% reduction in drive-by noise levels.
Key design features include a forward cab stance; high-visibility, 360-degree glazing (16% more than a standard wheel loader); a high visibility roof panel, which provides the operator with an unfettered view of the bucket throughout the entire loading arc; and an industry-first sliding door.
The level of technology on this concept machine is years ahead. The wheel loader has remote retinal scanning, accessed through any mobile device, which activates heating and cooling to adjust the cab to the optimal operating temperature.
In addition, the loader also incorporates biometric facial recognition technology to access and start-up sequences. This is to ensure that only select operators have access to the machine.
Another feature on the concept machine is integrated obstacle detection technology.