LA Mayor’s Office recognizes Komatsu for ‘green’ technology

Tina Grady Barbaccia

March 24, 2010

Komatsu America Corp. was recognized by the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for its commitment to green technology and its Hybrid PC200LC-8 Excavator.

Chairman and CEO of Komatsu America Corp., Dave Grzelak, accepted the Certificate of Recognition from Los Angeles from Stephen Cheung, vice president for the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Business Policy, City of Los Angeles, and representative of Mayor Villaraigosa.

“I want to recognize Komatsu and their partners for bringing this innovative technology to the City of Los Angeles and the Port of Los Angeles,” Cheung said in a written statement. “The mayor has set a very high goal of greening and growing the port at the same time and this hybrid technology will contribute to both goals.”

The Komatsu Hybrid PC200LC-8 Excavator is one of a number of other kinds of “green” machines that the Port of Los Angeles has introduced or tested, resulting in reduced diesel emissions that comply with a Clean Air Action Plan that was adopted in November 2006 by the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Mike Christensen, Deputy Executive Director of Development for the Port of Los Angeles noted that the Komatsu Hybird PC200LC-8 “joins an elite fleet of low emission workhorses” at “the country’s largest container port.”

Komatsu introduced the first of 10 Hybrid PC200LC-8 excavators into the U.S. market to test the innovative equipment designed to reduce environmental impact by saving fuel and reducing green house emissions. Currently, there are 700 Komatsu hybrid excavators already in use at construction sites in China and Japan.

In tests comparing the standard PC200LC-8 hydraulic excavator to the Hybrid PC200LC-8, the hybrid model reduced fuel consumption by approximately 25-40%, depending on the application. Powered by the Komatsu Hybrid System, the Hybrid PC200LC-8 uses a newly developed electric swing motor, power generator motor, capacitor and diesel engine. This revolutionary hybrid system works on the principle of swing energy, regeneration and energy storage using the Komatsu Ultra Capacitor system.

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