Volvo ditching diesel for electric, will launch line of compact electric excavators, wheel loaders
January 16, 2019 by On-Site Staff
The diesel tank is running on empty for some of Volvo Construction Equipment’s compact equipment.
The Swedish manufacturer said Jan. 15 that it will launch a series of new electric machines to replace several excavators and wheel loaders currently in its lineup of compacts. The scale of the move into electric is an industry-first, though several other manufacturers have been dappling in electric and hybrid equipment for some time.
Volvo plans to introduce the new compact electric models — which include compact excavators from its EC15 to EC27 and compact wheel loaders from its L20 to L28 — at Bauma this April. They’ll be available to customers starting in 2020.
The company has been developing the technology for years and has shown off a number of concept machines.
“The technology we have been developing is now sufficiently robust and this, together with changes in customer behavior and a heightened regulatory environment, means that now is the right time to commit to electromobility in our compact equipment ranges in the future,” Melker Jernberg, president of Volvo CE, said in a statement.
The company noted that diesel combustion remains the best power source for larger equipment, but that electric propulsion and battery technology has proved well-suited for compacts.
Volvo provided few other details about the equipment, but said it would release further details in the lead-up to Bauma.