Komatsu Forest is further investing in the future and is building a completely new development department focusing on electrification of forest machines. With the initiative, the company wants to take the lead in the forest machinery industry and help reduce net carbon dioxide emissions from its forest machines. The initiative is fully in line with the company’s goals, where sustainability is fundamental to the entire business.
“We have a production facility that is close to carbon neutral, and we are working with the same goal-awareness to reduce CO2- emissions from the use of our forest machines. The vision is to reach a “net zero emission worksite”, says Erik Nilsson, CTO at Komatsu Forest.
“We see an increasing interest in our customers and partners in reducing the environmental impact of forest machines. We aim to reduce CO2- emissions from our products by 50% by 2030 and expect to have something on the market before then,” says Peter Hasselryd, VP Marketing & Sales at Komatsu Forest.
Opening up for electrification in the forest is a groundbreaking technology step for Komatsu Forest – which at the same time poses major challenges. Since the machines work off-grid, there are many aspects to consider when developing new machine solutions. For the machines to be able to use different types of energy media, energy distribution solutions are needed for the workplace in the forest.
Komatsu is one of the world's leading manufacturers of forestry, construction, mining and utility equipment.