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Sunday, December 27, 2009

D7E: luxury hybrid dozer

The D7E hybrid bulldozer is in production and ready for sales next month.

This piece of equipment is the result of years of research and development, and more than 70,000 hours of lab and field tests.

The machine costs about $600,000 (a fairly small machine by comparison), a 20% premium over a non-hybrid bulldozer, but Caterpillar claims it increases fuel efficiency by 25%.

The D7E received a Clean Air Excellence Award from the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year for its innovative hybrid drive, which also cuts carbon emissions.

Is this another embodiment of our obsession with political correctness? And this when unemployment in the construction industry just reach the 22% level.

Construction Advisory Group will wait to see how many contractors spend this outrageous sum of money for a hybrid toy. We think we will be waiting a long time.

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