Honda have unveiled the first prototype of the eGX – an electrified power unit developed for commercial-grade work equipment – at the world’s leading construction machinery trade fair held in Munich, Germany on the 8-14 April 2019.
Honda is currently developing the eGX as an advanced zero-emission electrified power unit, without compromising the high reliability and excellent installation compatibility of Honda’s GX Series general-purpose engines, the transition should be seamless. Honda’s GX engine series hold the world standard for a power source ideal for various types of commercial-grade work equipment across a broad range of industries.
Development centred on satisfying the needs of the construction machinery market to enable their equipment to be used in a wider range of environments, such as underground tunnels or night construction work undertaken near residential areas with primary focus on machinery that operates under high vibration, such as a rammer and plate compactor.
The motor for the eGX is equipped with a three-phase brushless DC motor, which was developed exclusively for this model and offers high-efficiency and high-power through outstanding insulation technology and winding technology for the alternator, thanks to a long history of developing generators.
Furthermore, the convenience and operational efficiency of the eGX is enhanced through the adoption of a detachable lithium-ion battery pack.
The two prototypes that were on display were an integrated DC power unit eGX: which would be a model installed to a plate compactor and the separated DC power unit eGX which would be installed to a rammer.
The eGX will offer excellent compatibility with Honda GX Series engines (sizes of bolt holes and shaft of the flange are the same as those of GX (R)100/120, the external dimensions are similar to that of GX120)
It will also offer an easy start with its simple switch operation. (Operability) Will be low-maintenance (elimination of various maintenance works, replacement of parts and have zero-emission (zero emission of environmentally hazardous substances namely HC, NOx and CO2)
More information on the eGX will be released as it becomes available to Honda Australia.
For information on the current range of Honda GX engines visit: https://powerequipment.honda.com.au/GX_Engines