Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has introduced three new electric compact construction machines, bringing its electric lineup to five models.
The new L20 Electric, EC18 Electric and ECR18 Electric are now available to reserve online for delivery in 2022.
The L20 Electric compact wheel loader and EC18 Electric and ECR18 Electric compact excavators represent the next step in Volvo CE’s strategy to move its range of Volvo-branded compact wheel loaders and compact excavators to electric, and stop development of new diesel variants.
The L20 Electric, based on the larger L25 Electric model, features a 1.8-ton payload and a parallel-type linkage, which offers “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.”
It comes with a choice of battery pack (33 or 40 kWh), and is expected to deliver up to six hours of work per charge, and to reduce maintenance by 30%.
Volvo says its “short but tough” 1.8-ton ECR18 Electric provides the same stability as its legacy diesel counterpart, with the added benefits of low noise, low vibration and more responsive hydraulics due to the immediate torque. It’s expected to deliver four hours of work per charge, depending on the task.
The “nimble” EC18 Electric is a 1.8-ton compact excavator with a variable undercarriage that retracts to less than 1 meter and expands up to 1.35 meter, allowing it to squeeze into tight areas. It’s designed to ensure that the right frame corner, swing post and cylinder stay within the tracks’ width, resulting in maximum visibility and a reduced risk of machine damage.
All three machines come with an integrated on-board charger allowing them to charge from 0 to 100% in under six hours. With an optional off-board fast charger, the L20 Electric will fully charge in under two hours, while the ECR18 Electric and EC18 Electric can charge up to 80% in 1.25 hours.
Volvo CE also offers a new fleet management solution designed specifically for the remote monitoring of electric machines. The Electric Machine Management Application (EMMA) will provide insights into battery level and remaining working hours, charging status, geographic location and more to help customers boost uptime.
Melker 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.”
Source: Volvo CE