Caterpillar Enters Home and Outdoor Power Market with Inverter and RP Series of Portable Generators

For Release in Germany, Italy and Spain: March 2018 
Release Number: 205PR18

Caterpillar is entering the home and outdoor power category with the introduction of the portable Cat® RP Series and Cat INV2000 inverter generators. Designed to provide reliable, convenient power for both professional contractors and retail consumers, the RP Series includes three standard models – RP2500, RP3100 and RP4400 – ranging from 2.5 to 4.4 kW.

Producing 1800 watts rated and 2000 maximum watts, the first-ever Cat INV2000 inverter boasts consumer usability features like an easy start switch, along with professional performance and safety features, making it a versatile generator for both contractor and recreation use. Caterpillar will offer a parallel kit, allowing users to connect two INV2000 units together, to double power output.

Caterpillar engineering teams used extensive testing and research to identify the design and usability features that customers value the most in portable power. Built to the same rugged capabilities of Cat machines, both the RP Series and INV2000 provide reliable back-up or recreational power to professional contractors and residential customers alike.

Rugged and safe RP Series

Featuring a compact design up to 10.1 cm shorter than competitive models and a lower centre of gravity, the RP Series consolidates everything needed to operate the generator into one easily accessible LED lit control panel. A multi-function display enables users to toggle between lifetime running hours, session running hours, voltage and run time to easily monitor generator performance and to determine when it’s time to re-fuel or service the unit.

Easy to manoeuver, the Cat RP Series generator delivers rugged durability with its solid steel frame and enclosed roll cage to protect generator components from damage. Bundled wires are tucked away in the frame, ensuring wires won’t snag or pull loose when moving in and out of storage and vehicles. Solid, never-flat wheels eliminate punctures on job sites. To protect the generators from damage, an automatic shutdown engages when oil levels drop too low.

 To power multiple devices, the portable generators have multiple outlets with 230 voltage and 12V DC charging points/power outlets. A circuit breaker protects against electric shock and generator overload. Automatic voltage regulation (AVR) generates clean power that won’t damage delicate tools or appliances. An extra-large fuel tank feeds the generator for up to 18 hours (varies by model and load).

Clean performance, simple to use inverter generator

Delivering enough power for camping essentials as well as to run small to mid-sized power tools, the new INV2000 generator provides an ultra-clean power (<3 percent total harmonic distortion) to safely power the most sensitive electronics. Super-quiet, the 59-69 dB sound levels produced by the inverter translates to barely-there white-noise in most environments.

At only 22.2 kg, the compact INV2000 is easily portable and convenient to store. Intuitive controls, including the easy-start switch with integrated choke, multiple outlets and operational indicator lights, are situated centrally on the front facing panel.  The unique LED illumination of the control panel makes night operation especially convenient.

Along with two 230V 13A outlets, this generator has two built-in USB ports for charging sensitive electronics such as phones, tablets and Bluetooth speakers. The unit also features a 12V battery charging outlet, along with a cable, for easy charging of automotive style batteries. 

The unit’s Engine Smart Control mode adjusts power output to automatically control fuel consumption and noise based on load, giving users up to 6 hours of continuous run time on one tank of fuel. Dual access doors (versus a single door) on the side of the inverter provide easy access for basic maintenance procedures such as oil changes, air filter changes and carburetor draining. The custom oil fill design with a threaded oil funnel enables completely dripless oil filling and draining.

The portable RP Series and INV2000 generators are CE certified and will be available to purchase from March 2018 at select retailers. All generators in the Cat Home & Outdoor Power line up are covered by a full 3-year warranty.

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