Firstgreen launches electric skid steer loader

With its eye on the mining and construction industries along with other hazardous sectors, Firstgreen Industries is introducing the ROCKEAT Electric Skid Steer Loader.

The North Carolina, U.S.-based group said it is already a global manufacturer of the first and only commercially available all-electric, zero-emissions skid steer loader. ROCKEAT represents its newest line of electric, cabinless skid steer loaders.

Designed with a low clearance, 360-degree camera and remote operability, ROCKEAT machines redefine safety and efficiency in critical mining, construction and other hazardous industries.

“Mining fatalities went up by 31% from 2022 to 2023 while construction fatalities continue to steadily increase,” Firstgreen noted.

“ROCKEAT addresses these alarming statistics by prioritizing operator safety through its cabinless design and remote-control operability, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries on job sites.”

As an all-electric skid steer, ROCKEAT produces zero carbon emissions, minimum operating fluids and near-silent operation. The company said the machine will transform ”the industry standard of loud, dangerous and dirty diesel-powered machinery into a safer, healthier and environmentally sustainable solution” for its key markets.

“We are thrilled to introduce ROCKEAT skid steers to the U.S. market, which represents a significant leap forward in safety and sustainability for traditionally dangerous, high-emission industries like construction and mining,” said Marcus Suess, COO for Firstgreen Industries in North America.

“With continued national support to accelerate the expansion of critical mineral mining projects on home soil, we take great pride in offering a solution that not only addresses pressing environmental concerns but also contributes to the resurgence of homegrown industry.”

Key features
Firstgreen said there are a few crucial high points of the machine’s design. They include:

Cabinless Design: ROCKEAT prioritizes operator safety with its cabinless design, especially in hazardous or contaminated environments that demand higher levels of protection. In 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an object or equipment caused 484 workplace fatalities with about 75% involving heavy equipment. ROCKEAT allows operators to navigate dangerous and confined spaces without risk, maximizing operational efficiency while ensuring safety.

Remote Control Capabilities: The ROCKEAT line is packed with a remote-control suite via the Danfoss remote and a 360-degree camera for increased operability. Remote control technology allows for more accurate and refined movements, significantly increasing precision, especially in tasks like excavation or material handling. Remote control operation is compatible with the ROCKEAT attachments and other FIRSTGREEN electric attachments, as well as standard hydraulic attachments.

Advanced Battery Technology: The ROCKEAT line seamlessly combines robust performance with environmental stewardship through its electric design. ROCKEAT machines are charged using a standard 110v or 220v outlet – no specialized charging equipment or infrastructure required – and are equipped with a sophisticated battery management system that can sustain up to eight hours of continuous operation.

Precision and Efficiency: ROCKEAT machines are advanced equipment specifically designed with a low profile to navigate and function efficiently in confined or restricted spaces, providing superior maneuverability and durability. Extreme machine precision is achieved through four individual speeds for both hydraulic and travel functionalities. These can be further modified by the operator. ROCKEAT functionality empowers operators to fine-tune each of the four travel speeds for optimal performance in specific tasks.

The new ROCKEAT steer loader line includes 700 and 1200 models that are 67 and 71 inches wide, respectively, and compatible with lead-acid and lithium batteries. With a maximum power of 3×36.2 horsepower, maximum torque of 3×89 foot-pounds, and load capacity of 1,500 to 3,300 lb., ROCKEAT sets a new standard with unparalleled features, versatility and performance capabilities.

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