LONG BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Volvo Construction Equipment announced on Tuesday that North American customers can now reserve one of the company’s three newest models of electric machines: the L20 electric compact wheel loader and the EC18 and ECR18 electric compact excavators. . This brings the Volvo CE electric range to five industry-leading machines.
Volvo CE has also announced that the EC230 22-tonne electric excavator will arrive in North America for demonstrations. The machine, which is not yet commercially available, represents a significant step forward in the electrification of large construction equipment.
The news came during a press event at Expo Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT), North America’s largest event dedicated to fleet sustainability. In recent years, the show has shifted its focus from on-road vehicles to include off-road technology, making it a natural choice to introduce the ordering process for new Volvo CE electric models.
“Off-road equipment is the next frontier of electric vehicles, and Volvo CE is proud to lead the way in the sustainable development of the construction industry,” said Stephen Roy, president of the North America region at Volvo CE. “Fleets need cleaner solutions to meet growing regulations and societal demand, and we now have five electric compact models for our customers to choose from.”
Solid performance, no emissions
The L20 Electric compact wheel loader and EC18 and ECR18 Electric compact excavators join the L25 Electric compact wheel loader and ECR25 Electric compact excavator, which will be delivered to North American customers in the coming weeks, in the electric machinery lineup Volvo. Deliveries of the three newest models are expected in 2023.
The L20 Electric compact wheel loader features a 1.8 tonne payload and parallel type linkage (Z-linkage optional), exceptional lift height and 100% parallel movements. Rated to deliver up to six hours of active work per charge, the machine comes with a choice of battery (33kWh or 40kWh) and reduces maintenance by 30%. Operator comfort is enhanced by near-silent operation, a new automatic parking brake with hill stop function and a range of customizable working modes.
The EC18 and ECR18 electric 1.8 ton compact excavators deliver the same stability and driving experience that customers have come to expect from their diesel counterparts, but with the benefit of low noise, low vibration and a more responsive hydraulics thanks to immediate torque . Both provide four hours of active work per charge (depending on environment and task), and the ECR18’s ultra-short tail radius is perfect for confined spaces.
All three machines come with an integrated charger, allowing them to charge from zero to 100% in less than six hours using the J1772 AC charging cable on a 240 volt outlet – the same plug and charge system on a typical electric vehicle. With an optional off-board fast charger, the L20 Electric will fully charge in less than two hours, while the ECR18 Electric and EC18 Electric will charge up to 80% in less than an hour.
Excellence in electrification
Volvo CE has also provided updates on how the L25 and ECR25 electric machines perform in real-world conditions and the various applications owners plan to use them in. These include applications where diesel machinery is common, such as an underground fiber optic installation in Canada and real estate development in California. They also include jobs where diesel exhaust and noise create challenges, such as maintenance and construction projects at the Toronto Zoo, landscaping a national wildlife refuge near Washington, D.C., the interior demolition in California and agricultural work in New England.
“The lack of diesel fumes and low noise level are great when working near animals or in residential areas,” Roy said. “And the fact that these machines perform the same or better than their diesel counterparts is really exciting. Electric machines can open up new opportunities for customers by enabling them to operate in noise-sensitive areas and after-hours, as well as on low-carbon and indoor projects.
Volvo CE electric machines have also proven to offer exceptional value. Volvo CE analysis found that due to factors such as less maintenance and non-payment for fuel, an ECR25 electric compact excavator would only increase the costs of a two-week trenching project by 2% compared to the equivalent diesel model. That’s a 2% premium for an emissions-free site, which many equipment owners might find very attractive if they are able to work on new types of projects or can present themselves as a solution. sustainable in calls for tenders.
Change starts here
Volvo CE also provided an overview of the direction it is taking in terms of e-mobility. The company is committed to developing only electric versions of its compact equipment in the future, and it is also working on electrifying larger machines. The mid-size EC230 electric excavator is the first result of this effort. The machine has already been used in pilot projects overseas and will arrive in North America later this year.
“As the world moves towards a more environmentally friendly future, the Volvo CE team has worked for decades to become a leader in the construction industry’s electrification journey,” said Ray Gallant , Vice President, Product Management & Productivity, Region Americas at Volvo CE. “We take great pride in producing equipment that can meet the growing need for sustainable solutions for construction companies, government fleets, food and agricultural businesses, etc.
Other recent and upcoming developments:
Volvo CE is working on an application called Electric Machine Management Application (EMMA) which will provide real-time insight into a single electric machine or an entire fleet, including battery status and geographic location.
Volvo CE recently launched a CO₂ reduction program to help customers reduce their carbon footprint.
The Volvo Group has unveiled the world’s first vehicle made from fossil-free steel, a load carrier manufactured in a Volvo CE factory; and the company is continuing its efforts to eventually use fossil-free steel in all of its products.
Volvo CE and the Volvo Group as a whole continue to play an active role in improving electric vehicle charging capabilities and charging infrastructure. The recently created Volvo Energy business is responsible for leading these efforts.
As a further sign of integrating sustainability into the effort to reduce vehicle emissions, Volvo CE and Volvo Trucks North America shared a stand at ACT Expo, showcasing both the off-road and on-road sustainability solutions that Volvo has to offer.
Evolution of the buying process
The online reservation system for electric machines is another way Volvo CE is bringing change to the industry. Interested buyers can enjoy the convenience of an e-commerce tool while receiving customer support from their local Volvo CE dealer.
Those wishing to reserve a Volvo CE electric machine can visit volvoce.com/united-states/en-us/products/electric-machines/.