Kawasaki To Reveal Concept Model for “K-Axle” High-speed Electric Motor- Pump Unit
Mar. 14, 2023
Tokyo, March 14, 2023 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today its plan to unveil the conceptual model for its “K-Axle” high-speed electric motor-pump unit, which is currently under development for use in construction machinery and industrial vehicles. The company will show the conceptual model at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023*1, one of North America’s largest construction machinery trade shows, scheduled to take place from March 14 to 18, 2023 in Las Vegas, USA. K-Axle comprises three main components: a variable-displacement hydraulic pump, a high-speed electric motor with a built-in inverter, and a dedicated controller to operate the other two components.
In areas such as construction machinery and industrial vehicles, conventional diesel engines are being replaced with electric motors and batteries as part of electrification efforts, in response to environmental regulations aimed at realizing a low-carbon society. Just as with electric cars, there is demand for longer operation times per charge with electrically powered construction machinery and industrial vehicles, but this has proven difficult due to installation-space limitations and cost concerns for larger-capacity batteries.
Kawasaki has developed the K-Axle by applying its high-speed, high-rotation technologies—cultivated through development of its M7V series high-speed hydraulic motors—to a hydraulic pump, and combining it with a high-speed electric motor with a built-in inverter. As a result, the K-Axle has achieved a cubic volume approximately 50% smaller than existing electro-hydraulic pumps. Additionally, the company has achieved outstanding control performance to enable high-efficiency unit operations. Together, these advantages contribute to smaller sizes for construction machinery and industrial vehicles, longer operation times, and overall cost reductions.
Kawasaki will continue to leverage experience and expertise built up over the years along with technological strengths to improve product value with consideration for customer needs, contribute toward improved safety and productivity in construction and infrastructure projects, and minimize negative environmental impacts. In these ways, the company hopes to enable greater prosperity for people everywhere.
One of North America’s largest construction-related trade shows, to be held March 14–18, 2023 in Las Vegas, USA.
Venue: South Hall (S80707 on the 2nd floor), Las Vegas Convention Center; Kawasaki will exhibit jointly with Kawasaki Precision Machinery (USA), Inc.