Volvo CE electric machines to be available for online prebooking in North America
Customers who sign up will be one step closer to using these zero-exhaust, low-noise machines to get work done while meeting a growing number of environmental regulations.
"Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have already signed on to have 100% of all new medium- and heavy-duty truck sales be emissions-free by 2050," said Ray Gallant, vice president, sales support, Volvo CE. "As more and more states set targets for on-road vehicles, the construction industry is preparing to follow suit. As part of the Volvo Group, which includes Volvo Trucks, we are uniquely positioned to be able to draw upon this collective expertise to bring this technology to the construction industry."
The prebooking tool will be made available to customers in the U.S. and Canada, expanding the launch earlier in the year to key European markets. By signing up, customers can reserve a place in the production queue for the ECR25 and L25 electric machines. Afterward, they will be alerted if they have been selected to complete an order for the machines. The first deliveries of production machines are expected in June 2021.
"These machines are designed for any state or local government fleet that has set or is anticipated to set electric vehicle targets or clean air regulations," Gallant added. "They are also ideal for companies with aggressive sustainability targets and those that need equipment to operate in low-noise or zero-emissions environments."
The electric ECR25 excavator and L25 wheel loader have significantly lower noise levels, reduced energy costs, improved efficiency, and fewer maintenance requirements compared with their conventional counterparts.
The ECR25 mini excavator is fitted with lithium-ion batteries and one electric motor that replaces the diesel engine to power the hydraulics in order to move the machine and attachment. The machine's batteries store enough electric energy to power the ECR25 for up to eight hours in its most common applications, such as utility work.
The L25 compact wheel loader also uses lithium-ion batteries, which allow for up to eight hours of operation in the machine's regular applications, including light infrastructure work, gardening, landscaping, and agriculture. The L25 loader also incorporates two dedicated electric motors, one for the drivetrain and one for the hydraulics. Decoupling the subsystems has led to higher efficiency in both the systems and the entire machine.
Both the ECR25 and L25 have onboard chargers that enable overnight charging adaptable to conventional household electrical systems. In addition, an off-board fast charger could be used to charge both machines and would require a three-phase outlet. With the fast-charge options, the ECR25 can be at 80 percent power within one hour of charge time, and the L25 within two hours of charge time. These models have performance levels similar to their conventional diesel equivalents so that customers will get the same performance in more efficient, environmentally friendly machines.