Yanmar CE Goes Electric with SV17e, the First Mini Excavator Prototype

Our team had the pleasure to take part to Yanmar CE virtual event where the new SV17e was launched.

Yanmar Compact Equipment has a long and well-deserved reputation for delivering fuel efficient and sustainable engine technology. Now, the company brings its engine and mini excavator expertise into the field of electrification with its first electric mini excavator prototype: the new SV17e. This innovation represents an important strategic step in the transformation for Yanmar Compact Equipment.

“Our aim, together with our dealer partners, is to build stronger relationships and create even greater customer value. Our transformation will embrace our entire business and will encompass new products with alternative fuel technologies. The SV17e prototype is a clear demonstration of our intent to build a sustainable business for our customers and dealer partners.” 

said CEO, Giuliano Parodi.

The SV17e is a mini excavator aimed at customers in the European market and plays in the 1.5 to 2.0 tonnes segment. Powered by efficient electric drive and hard working 48-volt batteries with fast charging capability, it’s a quiet, zero emission machine designed to meet the most demanding emissions restrictions. In-line with Yanmar Compact Equipment’s commitment to create an exceptional customer experience, the appeal of SV17e goes beyond simply being an electric machine. The design and engineering team have set out to build a machine which offers the highest levels of comfort, ergonomics and operational power, precision, and control.

“Our prototype is significant because it demonstrates our capability to bring the quality and reliability of our highly respected conventional engine technology into the arena of electrification. But we have gone further. As always, the operator is at the heart of this machine, and we have challenged ourselves to deliver the comfort, power, control and precision which we believe will surpass the expectations of professional operators.”

explained Director Product Management EMEA, Cedric Durand.

In preparation for its sales start at Bauma 2022, the prototype SV17 e is currently undergoing Yanmar’s vigorous product testing regimen. These though field tests are uncompromising in their thoroughness to ensure an uncompromising level of durability and reliability in the design and engineering.

According to Director Engineering EMEA, Sota Takami:

“We are very pleased with the performance to date- as you would expect, we have a regimen which pushes every aspect of the machine to its limit. The machine has performed very well in all these tests. We are particularly pleased with the power, and control of the machine. Of course, this is a quiet, zero emission machine but that, in itself, is not enough. We must create a great feeling for the operator. I am confident that professional operators will be very comfortable in this machine, they will certainly feel the power, control and the precision handling they will need to take on the big jobs as well as the small jobs”

Yanmar CE line

Yanmar Compact Equipment offers a line of reliable compact wheel loaders. The loaders are built for maximum efficiency and ease of operation. The machines include comfort features across the line, including a comfortable, spacious cab and dual doors for easy entry from each side. Their combination of power, comfort and compactness make them ideal for applications that require fast travel speeds, high lift capacity and a small turning radius. The lineup includes the V4-7, V8, V10 and V12. All four models come with Yanmar’s signature reliability standards and a 3-year/3,000-hour warranty.

“Our loaders fill a critical niche for landscaping, ag, construction, snow removal and rock quarries. For contractors, having reliable, high-performing machines in this size class is a crucial component to being successful.”

said Jeff Pate, director of sales for Yanmar Compact Equipment North America.


Yanmar Compact Equipment’s wheel loaders are engineered for high performance in a compact package. Operating weights for the line range from 8,422 lbs to 15,432 lbs. The loaders feature bucket capacities ranging from 0.65 cubic yards to 2.35 cubic yards and lift capacities of 7,451 pound-force to 15,962 pound-force. Fast travel speeds improve jobsite productivity, with speeds ranging from 11.8 mph to 22 mph.

The loaders have intuitive controls and include features that allow for easy operation, such as fixed travel speed mode, fully automatic accelerator mode and auxiliary hydraulics with proportional control. Operators of all skill levels can easily manage the intuitive, multi-function joysticks.

The V4-7, V8 and V10 are equipped with electronically controlled, Tier 4 Final Yanmar diesel engines, which offer outstanding power with minimized fuel consumption. The V12 features a Deutz diesel engine that is also Tier 4 Final compliant.


Hydraulic quick couplers allow for fast and easy changing of attachments. Operational efficiency is further enhanced by parallel kinematics on the V8, V10 and V12, which allow operators to lift loads with precision, without the need for constant readjustment of the load angle. As the most compact loader in the line, V4-7 has a z-bar for higher breakout forces, but the machine also features an auto-leveler mode for applications where it is more beneficial to maintain a consistently level bucket. Additionally, the V4-7 offers ECO Mode, a setting that reduces the motor speed to allow for even lower fuel consumption.


The Yanmar Compact Equipment compact wheel loaders bring operator comfort to the forefront with a second-to-none cab experience that includes high visibility, a suspension seat and full climate control. All models feature two doors for easy entry from either side and maximum ventilation. The machines offer smooth off-road operation thanks to an oscillating rear axle that securely transmits traction force to uneven ground. This keeps the bucket level in operation and reduces operator fatigue.

The V8, V10 and V12 come standard with enclosed cabs designed to reduce operator fatigue. Cabs are rubber-mounted for a smoother ride and feature a comfortable seat with lumbar support, cushioning and an extra high backrest. The V4-7 is available in both open- and closed-cab configurations.


Backing up their claim of maximum reliability, Yanmar Compact Equipment offers an industry-leading three-year/3,000-hour bumper-to-bumper warranty on its entire line of compact wheel loaders. A central lubrication system is available as an option for the V8, V10 and V12. This option provides constant lubrication while the machine is running, virtually eliminating the risk of contamination.

Maintenance Kits that provide common maintenance and wear part replacement items conveniently in one place are available for all compact wheel loaders in the line. The loaders feature maximum serviceability, with convenient access to service items allowing for long maintenance intervals.