The 1.7-tonne battery-powered SV17e is described as “an important strategic step for Yanmar Compact Equipment”.
The machine is being put through field tests ahead of a full market launch at the next Bauma trade fair in Munich, scheduled for October 2022.
Chief executive Giuliano Parodi said. “The SV17e prototype is a clear demonstration of our intent to build a sustainable business for our customers and dealer partners.”
Cedric Durand, product management director, added: “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.
“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 which we believe will surpass the expectations of professional operators.”