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Volvo CE opens expanded electric machine lineup reservations in North America

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Volvo CE's electric equipment lineup

North American Volvo Construction Equipment customers can reserve any of the company's three newest electric machine models: the L20 Electric compact wheel loader and the EC18 and ECR18 Electric compact excavators. This brings the Volvo CE electric lineup to five machines.

The Volvo CE 22-ton EC230 Electric excavator is also coming to North America for demos. The machine is not yet commercially available.

The news came from the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo. In recent years, the show has expanded its focus from on-road vehicles to include off-road technology, making it a natural fit to introduce the ordering process for the new Volvo CE electric models.

"Off-road equipment is the next frontier in electric vehicles, and Volvo CE is proud to lead the way in the construction industry's sustainability journey," said Stephen Roy, president, Region North America at Volvo CE. "Fleets need cleaner solutions to meet growing regulations and societal demand, and now we have five electric compact models for our customers to choose from."

Performance of Volvo CE's zero-emission equipment

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 are being delivered to North American customers in the coming weeks – in the Volvo electric machine lineup. Deliveries of the three newest models are expected in 2023.

The L20 Electric compact wheel loader features a 1.8-ton payload and a parallel-type linkage (Z-bar linkage optional), outstanding lifting height and 100 percent parallel movements. Expected to deliver up to six hours of active work per charge, the machine comes with a choice of a battery pack (33kWh or 40kWh) and reduces maintenance by 30 percent. Operator comfort is enhanced by near-silent operation, a new automatic park brake with hill-hold functionality and a range of customizable work modes.

The 1.8-ton EC18 and short-swing ECR18 Electric compact excavators provide the same stability and operator experience customers expect from their diesel counterparts with the benefit of low noise, low vibration, and more responsive hydraulics due to the immediate torque. Both deliver four hours of active work per charge (depending on the environment and task), and the ECR18's ultra-short tail radius is perfect for confined spaces.

All three machines come with an integrated onboard charger, allowing them to charge from zero to 100 percent in under six hours using the J1772 AC charging cable on a 240-volt outlet – the same plug and charging system on a typical electric vehicle. With an optional off-board fast charger, the L20 Electric will fully charge in under just two hours, while the ECR18 Electric and EC18 Electric will charge up to 80 percent in under one hour.

Applications of Volvo CE's electric equipment lineup

Volvo CE also provided updates on how the L25 and ECR25 Electric machines have performed in real-world settings and the diverse applications in which owners plan to use them. These include applications where diesel machines are common, such as an underground fibre optic installation in Canada and property development in California. They also include jobs where diesel exhaust and noise create challenges, like maintenance and building projects at the Toronto Zoo, landscaping at a national wildlife refuge near Washington, D.C., indoor demolition in California, and agricultural work in New England.

"The lack of diesel fumes and low noise are great when working near animals or in residential areas," said Roy. "And the fact that these machines perform the same or better than their diesel counterparts is really exciting. Electric machines may open new opportunities for customers by allowing them to operate in noise-sensitive areas and outside of standard hours, as well as on low-carbon projects and indoors."

The Volvo CE electric machines have also proven to provide an exceptional value. A Volvo CE analysis found that, because of factors like less maintenance and not paying for fuel, an ECR25 Electric compact excavator would increase costs on a two-week trenching project by only 2 percent over the equivalent diesel model. That's a 2 percent premium for an emissions-free site – something many equipment owners could find to be a great deal if they are able to work on new types of projects or can market themselves as a sustainable solution when bidding on jobs.

Volvo CE also provided a look at where it is headed with e-mobility. The company has committed to developing only electric versions of its compact equipment going forward, 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 it will come to North America later in 2022.

"As the world moves toward a more environmentally conscious 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. "Producing equipment that can fill the growing need for sustainability solutions for construction companies, government fleets, food and agriculture businesses and more is something we are very proud of."

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