As of mid-February, John Deere announced that its 644K and 944K Hybrid Wheel Loaders have collectively logged more than 1 million operating hours. The company is recognizing the milestone as more operating managers look to John Deere for technologies that reduce emissions, improve fuel economy, and enhance machine performance.
John Deere was also one of the first companies to introduce electric drive technology in off-highway equipment.
"In this emerging market for electrification technology, we are working closely with our OEM customers to understand their application needs," said Darren Almond, drivetrain product planning manager for John Deere Power Systems. "Exceeding 1 million operating hours shows that John Deere has an in-depth understanding of how to make hybrid drivetrain systems work in the field. We can use our expertise to discover innovative ways to develop reliable, efficient, cost-effective alternatives to traditional drivetrain systems."
To accompany its proven hybrid solutions, John Deere Power Systems intends to showcase new engine options in the near future. The new 13.6L engine from John Deere, for instance, will be part of the Stage V lineup for industrial and generator set markets.
Deere is also preparing to display its 4.5L EWS engine for the first time. This engine serves both the 90 kVA and the 100 kVA markets and expands the non-EGR engine generator drive lineup for Stage V from the company.
For more information on the new engines, or the 644K and 944K Hybrid Wheel Loaders, contact your local John Deere dealer or visit www.Deere.com.