Volvo CE powers a sustainable future with largest range of electric machines

With three new electric compact machines – the L20 Electric, EC18 Electric and ECR18 Electric – introduced to the market, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is showcasing its commitment to build the world we want to live in by offering the manufacturing industry’s largest range of electric machines
October 8, 2021
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The new battery powered models, three of five commercially available electric compact machines, are available to reserve online from today (October 7) for delivery in 2022.

Volvo CE2Melker Jernberg, President of Volvo CE, says: “We are proud to be leading our industry’s fight against climate change as the manufacturer with the world’s largest range of electric machines. Not only are we delivering real-world solutions for a more sustainable way of working but we are adding further power to our customers’ business with the widest possible range of choice to best fit their needs.”

The L20 Electric compact wheel loader and ECR18 Electric and EC18 Electric compact excavators join the already launched L25 Electric and ECR25 Electric. The two existing models are already established on the market and are proving to bring power and performance in a more environmentally sensitive package.

The L20 Electric is a proven concept based on the larger L25 Electric model. It features a 1.8-ton payload and a parallel-type linkage offering great visibility over the attachment being used, outstanding lifting height, as well as 100% parallel movements – making it a perfect fit for fork applications too. Expected to deliver up to six hours of active work per charge, the electric machine comes with a choice of battery pack (33kWh or 40kWh) and reduces maintenance by 30%.

The short but tough 1.8-ton ECR18 Electric is set to provide the same best-in-class stability and operator experience customers expect from its diesel counterpart but with the benefit of low noise, low vibration and more responsive hydraulics due to the immediate torque.

Volvo CE3Easy to operate and transport, the nimble EC18 Electric offers customers a cost-efficient compact excavator working in 1.8-ton applications. Its variable undercarriage retracts to less than 1m and expands up to 1.35m, allowing it to squeeze into the tightest of areas, while the machine’s design ensures the right frame corner, swing post and cylinder stay within the tracks’ width, resulting in maximum visibility and a reduced risk of machine damage when working alongside obstacles.

Customers will also soon be able to take advantage of a new fleet management solution specifically for the remote monitoring of electric machines. The Electric Machine Management Application (EMMA) will provide valuable insights into battery level, remaining working hours, charging status, geographic location and more to help boost uptime.

The reservation tool is available across 12 European countries and will be expanded to other markets. Customers placing a reservation by December 31 2021 will receive one Volvo bucket free of charge for ordering the L20 Electric and two Volvo buckets free of charge for ordering either the ECR18 Electric or EC18 Electric.

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