Volvo collaborates with Utility Innovation Group and Portable Electric to launch off-grid chargers

Volvo Construction Equipment (CE) and Volvo Penta have launched two new charging units in the North American market in collaboration with Utility Innovation Group (UIG) and Portable Electric.

The PU750 unit is developed and built by UIG is designed for fast charging of larger equipment onsite without needing a converter, while the PU130 developed with Portable Electric is a mobile Level 2 charger for compact machines.

The PU750 uses the Volvo Common Architecture, Shared Technology (CAST) strategy. The partnership applies Volvo Penta’s battery sub-system to enable mid-size electric machines to charge on a variety of jobsites.

The unit can support three or four mid-size machines like the Volvo EC230 Electric excavator through twin CCS1 connections. The PU750 works with the interactive UIG power system to maximize available AC power and integrate on-site distributed energy assets. The PU750 also integrates solar panels to aid in controls and auxiliary system support when it is away from the grid.

The PU130 unit incorporates Portable Electric’s 48 V DC fast charging technology to provide a 20 kW charge rate. In addition to charging equipment, the PU130 can simultaneously provide 40 kW of job site power to support tools, lighting, office trailers, and other equipment.

The PU130 connects to Portable Electric’s Neuron OS for remote monitoring and charging schedule optimization. The PU130 will be available through the North American Volvo dealer network later this year.

“Battery electric equipment is not feasible for every jobsite or application, but its use cases continue to grow,” said Ray Gallant, Vice President of Sustainability and Productivity Services at Volvo CE. “As long as owners and operators are making an effort to reduce emissions in whatever way they can, that is forward progress.”

Source: Volvo CE

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