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John Deere tests its first electric backhoe

John Deere is working with National Grid, an electricity, natural gas, and clean energy delivery company, to joint test its electric backhoe concept.

January 12, 2021  By Rock to Road

The John Deere-developed backhoe will be used on National Grid jobsites. Image: John Deere

Moline, Ill. – John Deere and National Grid will joint test an electric backhoe concept. The John Deere developed, battery-powered, electric vehicle design, known as E-Power, will target the ease of operation and performance level of the diesel-powered, 100 HP 310L Backhoe. The design is intended to provide substantially lower daily operating costs, lower jobsite noise, enhanced machine reliability, and zero tailpipe emissions.

“We are excited to work with National Grid, a leader in promoting clean energy solutions, to test the John Deere electric backhoe design in real-world conditions,” said Jason Daly, global director, production systems, technology and marketing, John Deere. “John Deere is committed to developing innovative, robustly tested, and reliable equipment for our customers, unlocking measurable value through the incorporation of smart technology solutions in our machines. This project is another stepping stone in our backhoe innovation journey, intended to lead to subsequent electrification testing and design refinement.”

The testing period will enable National Grid to expand its use of electric equipment on jobsites, reaffirming its commitment to leading the industry in the use of clean and resilient energy solutions.

“We are excited to work with John Deere to take an important step in electrifying our company vehicles, which could be revolutionary for our industry,” said President of National Grid U.S. Badar Khan. “Decarbonizing transportation remains a challenge in the journey to net-zero and we’re hopeful that bringing on more electrified heavy-duty vehicles and equipment will help us make significant progress.”


John Deere is in early Phase I development of its electric backhoe. To learn more about the John Deere backhoe lineup, visit

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