Volvo Construction Equipment goes electric on smaller machines

Volvo loaderThe L20H from Volvo CE. (Image source: Volvo Construction Equipment)In an industry first move, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has announced that in 2020 it will start to launch a fully electric range of Volvo branded compact wheel loaders and compact excavators

In a commitment to future technology, Volvo CE has announced that by mid-2020 it will begin to launch a range of electric compact excavators (EC15 to EC27) and wheel loaders (L20 to L28), stopping new diesel engine based development for these models.

With this move, Volvo CE is the first construction equipment manufacturer to commit to an electric future for its compact machine range. This follows a favourable reaction from the market after the successful unveiling of a number of concept machines in recent years and by working closely with customers and the move is aligned with the Volvo Group’s strategic focus on electromobility in all business areas.

The first machines will be unveiled at BAUMA 2019, followed by a staged market-by-market introduction and ramp up in 2020. While the company stresses that diesel combustion currently remains the most appropriate power source for its larger machines, electric propulsion and battery technology is proving particularly suited to Volvo’s smaller equipment. With research and development investment now focused on the rapid development of its electric compact wheel loaders and excavators, Volvo CE is taking a step towards diesel free compact equipment in the future.

“Volvo CE is delivering on its commitment to ‘Building Tomorrow’ by driving leadership in electromobility and delivering sustainable solutions that support customer success,” said the company’s president, Melker Jernberg.

“The technology we have been developing is now sufficiently robust and this, together with changes in customer behaviour and a heightened regulatory environment, means that now is the right time to commit to electromobility in our compact equipment ranges going forward.”

Demonstrating the breadth of the Volvo Group, Volvo CE will be joined by sister companies Volvo Penta, Volvo Trucks and Volvo Financial Services. The companies’ participation at the show is much more than a static display – it’s a live event. Under the theme of Building Tomorrow, Volvo’s 2,293 sq m indoor stand in Hall C6 and 5,870 sq m outdoor stand at FM714 will be a non-stop interactive performance featuring the complete product and service portfolio.

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