Construction & Infrastructure

Electrified construction

Based on the Liebherr design language of the diesel-driven rotary drilling machines, the theme of electromobility was approached from a new angle. The LB 16 unplugged is the first of a new generation of battery-driven, emission-free rotary drilling machines in the world.


Based on the existing design, the theme of electromobility was given a tangible form in just a short space of time and a design concept for the machine and HMI was developed that communicates the pioneering local zero emission technology. The interplay of dynamics, performance and e-mobility is what makes the LB 16 stand out. These values could be harmoniously implemented in the design.   


With a 10-hour run time, the LB 16 unplugged is also the highest performing battery-driven rotary drilling machine. The high performance of the electric solution is communicated via the dynamically designed hood, which offers an elegant analogy to the Power Tools batteries. The battery cladding contains complex radial intersections, which underlines the high level of engineering skill. The charging station area is optimally designed with the user in mind, and enables easy and efficient plug in & plug out.

Our approach


The design concept of the machine and the HMI transports high power performance and supports the decision in favor of pioneering technology.


The new HMI has remained true to the existing operating concept and offers the user the opportunity of remaining in their familiar environment. 


The redesigned, uncluttered process screens make handling easier for the operator and reflect the theme of electromobility.


The LB 16 unplugged is emission-free and counteracts particulate and noise pollution. The newly developed rotary drilling machine is setting standards for operator- and environmentally friendly use on construction sites.

«Good design is not a balancing act between form and function; it is a symbiosis between the two.»

Alfred Koller, Division Head
Construction of special civil engineering machines

Alfred Koller