By introducing three new electric compact machines – the L20 Electric, EC18 Electric, and ECR18 Electric – Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is offering the industry’s largest range of electric machines. Customers now have five models from which to choose.
The three new models will be available to reserve online for delivery in 2022.
The L20 Electric compact wheel loader and EC18 Electric and ECR18 Electric compact excavators join the already launched L25 Electric and ECR25 Electric. The three new models represent the latest additions to Volvo CE’s industry-first commitment 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 offering great visibility over the attachment being used, excellent lifting height, as well as 100% parallel movements. Expected to deliver up to six hours of active work per charge, the electric machine comes with a choice of battery pack (33kWh or 40kWh). As well as the more peaceful working conditions offered by its near-silence, operating comfort is also enhanced thanks to the new automatic park brake with hill-hold functionality and a range of customizable work modes.
The 1.8-ton ECR18 Electric offers low noise, low vibration, and more responsive hydraulics due to the immediate torque. Delivering an anticipated four hours of active work per charge, depending on the environment and task in hand, the ECR18 Electric also benefits from an ultra-short tail radius (perfect for confined spaces). It also has a high-profile counterweight, all-round steel panels, and hoses routed inside the boom.
The nimble EC18 Electric compact excavator works in 1.8-ton applications. Its variable undercarriage retracts to less than 1m and expands up to 1.35m, allowing it to squeeze into tight areas and reducing risk of machine damage when working alongside obstacles. As well as ergonomic controls, a spacious cab, and a range of customizable settings, it also offers the option of an enclosed and heated cab.
All three machines come with an integrated on-board charger allowing them to charge from 0 to 100% in less than six hours. With an optional fast off-board charger, the L20 Electric will fully charge in under two hours, while the ECR18 Electric and EC18 Electric will charge up to 80% in up to 1.25 hours. The Electric Machine Management Application (EMMA) will provide valuable insights into battery level and remaining working hours, charging status, geographic location, and more.
Volvo CE now has available a reservation tool for customers to order these new machines, available across 12 European countries before expanding to other markets.
These latest innovations are the next step forward in Volvo CE’s ambition to reach net zero value chain greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 – alongside development of hydrogen fuel cell solutions and more sustainable internal combustion engine products – and is part of Volvo Group’s target to have at least 35% of its total range of vehicles fully electric by 2030.
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.”