The updated heavy-duty machines weigh 26-31.5 tonnes and 30.2-36.8 tonnes for the EC250E and EC300E respectively. They can also come with purpose-built attachments - including buckets and breakers - which Volvo CE says will help operators move more, for less.
The manufacturer says the updated models deliver up to 10% improvements in fuel efficiency, due to a combination of features that includes more intelligent electro-hydraulics, the classic ECO mode and selectable work modes, and finally the new D8M Volvo engine.
This upgraded engine reduces rpm from 1,800 down to 1,600, while delivering a 5% increase in power. The EC300E also has a 700kg heavier counterweight – providing greater stability and a 5% increase in across lifting capacity.
Operators will benefit from improved response times – thanks to electric control joystick and full electric travel pedals – and are helped in their task by the optional Dig Assist apps which are powered by the 10-inch (25.4cm) Volvo Co-Pilot in-cab tablet. These include 2D, In-Field Design, 3D software packages and On-Board Weighing. In addition the Volvo Active Control feature boosts digging accuracy and allows jobs to be completed up to 45% faster, thanks to automated boom and bucket movements. Operators can also easily set swing fence, height limit, and depth limit to avoid contact with side obstacles, overhead obstacles such as power lines, and underground hazards such as pipes and cables.
For operator comfort, Volvo CE says the excavators include new boom and arm bounce reduction technology – which reduces machine shock – and Comfort Drive Control to help reduce fatigue by enabling operators to steer the machine using the joystick rollers instead of the pedals.