the new Electric Broom Bear at PWX in San Diego Aug. 27-30

The Elgin team will be sharing about the new Electric Broom Bear at PWX in San Diego Aug. 27-30. As a first of its kind truck-mounted sweeper utilizing an all-electric chassis, the newest configuration of the Broom Bear is Elgin’s latest innovation offering uncompromised performance. As the leading manufacturer of street sweepers, Elgin has a range of sweepers including single-engine, hybrid and more to fit customers’ specific needs for various applications.

“The Electric Broom Bear accomplishes the same workload and delivers the performance the Broom Bear is popular for,” said Tim Letts, Product Manager, Elgin Sweeper.

With electric vehicles becoming a reality to meet ZEV targets and stricter emissions standards, the Electric Broom Bear delivers another option for customers to achieve their sweeping and sustainability goals. 

“We’ve taken today’s modern propulsion system and incorporated it with Elgin’s 100+ year history of sweeper innovations,” said Letts. “We’re using modern technology to meet the modern demands and sustainability goals of our customers.” 

In addition to all the benefits of an electric vehicle including noise reduction and lower maintenance costs, the Electric Broom Bear has plenty of energy onboard, so customers can sweep and run their regular routes without worrying about getting home. It has enough energy for a full workload and some leftover for operators’ peace-of-mind. 

“We’ve engineered the Electric Broom Bear to meet customer sweeping demands and then some,” said Ron Schmidt, VP Technology Development, Elgin Sweeper.  “Customers have come to expect a certain level of performance, and with the Electric Broom Bear, they’re going to get the Elgin sweeper they’ve come to know.” 

The charging port on the Electric Broom Bear is a standard SAE J1772 CCS, compatible with both level 2 or level 3 chargers. Level 2 AC charging will enable overnight charging while Level 3 DC-DC charging will enable fast charging, if needed. 

Developed specifically for vocational use, the electric chassis is from Battle Motors, formerly Crane Carrier Company, which has a 75 year history of providing heavy duty trucks and has an extensive and highly trained dealer network for service and support. The additional weight of the electric chassis was taken into consideration when developing the Electric Broom Bear, and customers can rest at ease knowing the payload capacity is the same as a standard Broom Bear. As with all of its diesel and CNG truck-mounted sweepers, Elgin customers will be able to choose electric chassis from other major chassis OEMs when they meet the performance and aftermarket support needs of its customers.  

The Electric Broom Bear joins the Broom Bear family, which includes the single-engine Broom Bear and Hybrid Broom Bear; both of which are available with either a diesel or CNG engine. As part of the Broom Bear family, the Electric Broom Bear will deliver the same durability and ease of service customers have come to expect from Elgin’s line of sweepers. It will also pick up the same debris, have the same loading rate and share the many features of the Broom Bear product line.   

“It’s an exciting time for Elgin,” said Letts. “The Electric Broom Bear joins the diesel, CNG, and plug-in Hybrid portfolio and we’re excited for customers to check it out.” 

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