Volvo’s new electric construction machines come with off-grid charging

Volvo is expanding its range of emission-free construction machines with a battery-powered excavator and a set of wheel loaders. To keep them operational in remote areas, the company is introducing a mobile energy storage system for grid-independent recharging.

At the showcase event, Volvo Days in Eskilstuna, Sweden, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) introduced an array of new battery-electric machines. These include Volvo’s first electric wheeled excavator, the EWR150 Electric, and two new electric wheel loaders, the L90 Electric and L120 Electric. The newcomers complement previous e-models like the 23-tonne EC230 crawler excavator and the material handler EW240 MH.

The new machines will be gradually rolled out in selected markets starting in early 2025.

The EC230 crawler/excavator was already on offer /Volvo CE

Faster response times

The Volvo L120 Electric is the first electric wheel loader in its category to enter the market. It has a lifting capacity of 6 tonnes, making it a versatile machine for various sectors, from construction sites to logistics centers and forestry. Depending on usage, it can operate for a full day on a single charge, lasting up to 9 hours.

The 15-tonne L90 Electric wheel loader can operate for 4-5 hours on medium-duty tasks and boasts electric motors for both drive and hydraulics, ensuring full power and faster response times than conventional models.

Designed for urban construction and road building, where silent operations are increasingly in demand in tenders, the EWR150 Electric wheeled excavator provides an answer. It features the shortest tail swing in its class, making it ideal for confined spaces. Unlike converted electric models from other manufacturers, the EWR150 Electric is a clean slate development for electric powertrain.

To keep these machines up and running, Volvo CE has simultaneously introduced the PU40, a mobile power unit with a 40kWh capacity. It is compact and portable despite weighing 900 kilos. As a bonus, it can also charge various equipment, including electric tools like drills and saws. It can connect to the mains where possible but can also be fast-charged at 17 kW.

Cheaper running costs

Gradually, the heavy equipment sector is joining the EV race. Also slated for 2025 is an electric tractor from French start-up Seederal, which promises an operating time of 8 to 12 hours and 160 hp. The innovative powertrain is still exceptional in the agricultural sector.

Interestingly, the seven-tonne prototype weighs less than a conventional tractor of similar size and should be capable of recharging in two hours. The Seederal doesn’t use a gearbox. According to the company, it benefits from cheaper running costs on an annual utilization basis of 500 to 700 hours during a period of seven years.

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