Volvo Construction Equipment Announces First Pilot Results for Electric Machines in North America | Your money
LOS ANGELES – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Sep 21, 2021–
Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) today announced the results of a pilot project testing the ECR25 Electric Compact Excavator and L25 Electric Compact Wheel Loader in North America. Remarks were made at a press conference in Los Angeles alongside officials from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and customers who tested the machines.
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The Volvo L25 Electric compact wheel loader uses a fork to plant a 16-foot-tall, 3,500-pound cork oak tree in the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at a press event Tuesday. (Photo: Business Wire)
For almost a year, Volvo CE has been testing its battery-powered ECR25 compact electric excavator and L25 electric compact wheel loader with several customers at construction sites in Southern California with the aim of accelerating the deployment of zero-emission technologies. for all-terrain vehicles. Both machines are zero emission solutions that meet the high performance standards of construction customers in a variety of applications, as evidenced by recent test cases. A grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administered by the South Coast AQMD funded the project.
Pilot results come on the cusp of the company’s full deployment of electric machines of these sizes, with ECR25 Electric customer deliveries expected in January 2022 and both units being available across North America. in early 2022. The company is the first to market dedicated electric machines at the widest end of the compact size range.
âThe response from our customers to these machines confirms that there is not only a desire for these types of machines in North America, but an attraction in many markets,â said Stephen Roy, President of the Americas region. North, Volvo CE. âThis only adds new impetus to Volvo’s vision to deliver machines that align with scientific goals and our overall commitment to decarbonization. “
Main lessons of the pilot
The pilot project confirms that Volvo’s electric construction equipment is up to par and has significant advantages over diesel machines in the same class.
“The California pilot project supports what we have seen on construction sites in Europe and elsewhere: our battery-powered electric compact excavator and compact wheel loader are viable alternatives to diesel equipment for construction fleets that wish to reduce their carbon footprint.” , said Melker Jernberg, President of Volvo CE. “Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time, we all have an important role to play, and by working together and collaborating, we can reduce the amount of harmful emissions that enter the atmosphere.”
Durability – Powered by lithium-ion batteries and producing zero emissions, the compact electric machines ECR25 and L25 have proven to be environmentally friendly options. They have also allowed some customers to operate inside buildings and other structures where diesel exhaust fumes are limited.
- Points of proof: Based on the combined 400 operating hours of use of the electric machine during the one-year pilot, there was a reduction of 6 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and an approximate saving of 560 gallons. of fuel with an estimated cost of $ 2,400, comparing the diesel machine use the same number of hours.
Noise – Noise levels were significantly lower than diesel equipment, reducing noise pollution and improving communication and safety on the job site by making it easier for crew members to get along. The testers said the machines could allow them to work in sound sensitive areas.
- Points of proof: Reduced exterior sound levels by 9 decibels (dBA) on the ECR25 electric compact excavators compared to their diesel counterparts, which represents a 90% decrease in sound power. The L25 Electric compact wheel loader sees a similar reduction in sound power, which is a measure of noise radiating from a source.
Performance – Volvo electric machines have similar specifications to their diesel counterparts, and pilot project participants said that in practice performance matched that of diesel machines. There has also been positive feedback on the decrease in maintenance needs of electrical machines, which do not require maintenance items such as oil, oil filters and diesel particulate filters. The need for a Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) tank is also eliminated.
- Points of proof: Equivalent performance in several key areas including dig depth and breakout force on excavator and tipping load and dump height on wheel loader.
Charging– The project made it possible to adapt the machines to make them compatible with the North American electricity grid. The higher current available on the US electricity grid compared to Europe has proven to be an advantage for recharging. The Volvo CE pilot project confirmed the importance of having access to quality charging connections. However, traditional food sources are not always necessary. Baltic Sands, for example, installed a solar panel for his work in the desert.
- Points of proof: Between the two machines, over 200 charge cycles were performed using a 240-volt power grid, fast charging, mobile power sources, and solar power.
âThis electrical construction equipment produces no tailpipe emissions and protects the health of neighboring communities,â said Elizabeth Adams, director of the Air and Radiation division of EPA Pacific Southwest. “In order to meet national air quality standards and fight climate change, we need to aim for vehicles and equipment that produce near-zero emissions.”
Pilot project partners
The L25 Electric Compact Wheel Loader and ECR25 Electric Compact Excavator have been used by four organizations in various applications:
- The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), for digging, leveling and clearing drainage areas.
- Casper Company, specializing in demolition, concrete cutting and environmental services, for utility and demolition work, including inside buildings.
- Baltic Sands Inc., which specializes in the development of environmentally sensitive off-grid properties, for excavation, grading, material movement and many other tasks in housing construction.
- Waste Management, a waste disposal and recycling company, for the treatment of light waste.
âIn the three months we tested, these machines performed exceptionally well, matching what we would expect from a diesel machine of equal size but zero emissions,â said Jacques Marais, director of Baltics Sands. âWe are delighted to be one of the first users to apply electrical equipment to our business and I have a sincere belief that this is the future. “
Apply Volvo CE’s lessons and future priorities
Volvo CE continues to compile data and will submit full reports on the project to AQMD and the South Coast EPA.
Volvo CE will apply the lessons to future research and development of battery-electric vehicles. Highlights will be continuing to improve machine uptime, optimizing on-board charging systems and continuing to explore alternative charging methods for jobsites without easy access to charging stations.
Pre-booking of the ECR25 Electric Compact Excavator and L25 Electric Compact Wheel Loader for North American customers is now open for those who want to be among the first to own the machines when delivery begins in early 2022.
In addition, Volvo CE will continue to develop the electrification of other sizes and types of machines.
Volvo CE is committed to developing electrification options and providing other more sustainable equipment across its entire product line. To support this effort, Volvo CE will continue to seek additional grant opportunities and strategic partnerships, such as the recently announced CEMEX collaboration, in its roadmap to deliver sustainable propulsion construction equipment across North America.
The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment, and marine and industrial engines. The Group also offers complete financing and service solutions. The Volvo Group, headquartered in Gothenburg, employs around 95,000 people, has production sites in 18 countries and sells its products in more than 190 markets. In 2016, Volvo Group net sales amounted to approximately SEK 302 billion (EUR 31.9 billion). The Volvo Group is a public limited company. Volvo shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.
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