Bobcat has stepped beyond the norms of the track loader industry with the unveiling of its new RogueX concept.
While the machine most closely resembles a track loader, the RogueX is in its own category.
The next-generation concept loader, unveiled during ConExpo 2023, explores the capabilities of electric power, autonomous operation and dual lift-arm geometry.
“Bobcat has a long history of innovation. We challenge what’s possible, break new ground and empower people to do more,” said Mike Ballweber, President of Doosan Bobcat North America.
“Innovation is at the heart of everything we do. It’s in our DNA.”
The Bobcat RogueX combines technologically advanced features to make it a one-of-a-kind conceptual machine.
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Created as a research and development project, the machine was built as a proving ground to advance the Bobcat innovation roadmap, evaluate customer perceptions and test the limits of machine functionality.
“RogueX was concepted with consideration for the worksite of the future and how a customer’s needs may evolve, with a focus on ease of use, remote operations, autonomous functionality, sustainable operations and features that allow operators to accomplish more with one machine,” said Joel Honeyman, Vice President of Global Innovation at Bobcat.
RogueX eliminates the operator cab
As jobsites evolve and operators turn to remote control operation, Bobcat took its concept further by fully eliminating the operator cab. Instead, RogueX explores the idea of operating where humans cannot go to tackle more work in more places than ever before from a remote position.
By designing the machine without a cab and using advanced kinematics, RogueX features unique functionality, and includes vertical-path as well as radial-path lift capabilities in one machine.
An all-electric and autonomous concept, RogueX produces zero emissions and features a lithium-ion battery, electric drive system and no hydraulics.
“After our successful development of building an all-electric loader [the Bobcat T7X], we wanted to think bigger, broader and take a leap far into the future,” said Matt Sagaser, Director of Innovation Accelerated at Bobcat.
“Our dedicated innovation team took a bold approach and designed a machine that breaks all of the rules. RogueX sets a framework for what is possible, and our team is just getting started on what is next.”