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The Future for Hydraulics…

12 July 2023

Hydraulics have been a critical component of construction equipment for many years, providing the power necessary to move heavy loads and perform other important functions. However, the increasing popularity of hybrid and all-electric vehicles has raised questions about the future of hydraulics within construction. Is there a future? The answer is, DON’T PANIC!

While it is true that hydraulic systems are typically powered by diesel engines, which are becoming less popular due to their high emissions, there are still many reasons why hydraulics will likely remain an important part of construction equipment for the foreseeable future.

First and foremost, hydraulic systems are incredibly powerful and efficient, making them ideal for heavy-duty tasks like lifting and moving large loads. This means that even as construction equipment becomes more electric, there will likely still be a need for hydraulics to provide the power necessary to perform these critical tasks.

Furthermore, many manufacturers are already developing hybrid and electric construction equipment that still incorporates hydraulics.

For example, some hybrid excavators use electric motors to power the machine’s movement, but still rely on hydraulic systems for the lifting and digging functions.

In addition, hydraulic systems are highly customizable, which means that manufacturers can tailor them to meet the specific needs of different types of construction equipment. This makes them a versatile and adaptable technology that can continue to evolve alongside other advances in construction equipment design.

Overall, while the rise of hybrid and all-electric vehicles may have an impact on the future of hydraulics within construction, it seems likely that they will continue to play an important role in powering heavy-duty construction equipment for many years to come.