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pilot with Volvo CE, as shown in the accompanying photos.
" My opinion is that they perform equally to diesel machines in
terms of the productivity. It's surprised me, " says Jacques Marais,
Director, Baltic Sands. " They also support our ideology of being
eco-friendly and responsible. We like to think that we are ahead of
the evolutionary step in this direction. "
The South Coast Air Quality Management District, which has a
long history of supporting the development of innovative solutions,
put $2 million toward the pilot project.
Volvo CE electric excavator
an induction motor for the driveline with a peak power of 36 kilowatts,
and the hydraulics run on a permanent-magnet motor with
a peak power of 32 kilowatts.
Both machines can be charged using a 220/240-volt electrical
socket, which is the type of outlet many larger home appliances
use. They also come with fast-charge options that can get them
close to peak charge within a couple of hours. Research and
development are moving fast in this area, and in the near future
options like mobile power banks could be available for charging in
remote locations.
There's charging a unit, and then there's a machine's ability to
keep a charge. Construction projects are usually time sensitive,
and crews may work long stretches. That's one reason Volvo CE
started with smaller machines. Compact excavators and wheel
loaders are more commonly used in light applications, like utility
work, landscaping and agriculture. Their batteries hold enough
energy to allow them to perform a typical day's
work. The next step for the industry will be electrifying
medium and large machines. Already efforts
are underway in this area as illustrated with a
22-ton prototype electric excavator that Volvo has
been working on.
This ties into performance. Something that will slow
adoption of electric machines is either the reality
or the perception that they do not perform as well
as their diesel counterparts. When it comes to the
Volvo CE machines, performance is not an issue.
In fact, the ECR25 Electric excavator and L25
Electric wheel loader have nearly identical specifications
to their diesel equivalents.
" Our customers will not notice a difference between
the power and performance of the electric machines
versus the diesel models, " says Lars Arnold,
Volvo CE Electromobility Product Manager. " In
fact, they'll enjoy several benefits with the electric
machines thanks to the lack of a diesel engine,
including lower noise, less machine vibration and
no exhaust fumes. "
This is not theoretical. In real-world use, the
machines are meeting the high expectations of
contractors. Baltic Sands Inc., which specializes in
environmentally sensitive, luxury property development
and real estate, has been using an electric
excavator and wheel loader on Southern California
projects over the past several months as part of a
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" This is a great opportunity to see electric excavators and wheel
loaders in real-world applications, " Benoit says. " It's also an opportunity
to further develop the charging systems. These are all
important pieces to that puzzle to help figure out how to deploy
this technology. "
Benefits Beyond Construction
The ramifications of electric construction equipment are likely
to be felt beyond the construction industry. Because of their low
noise and zero emissions, they could be used in applications
where construction equipment has traditionally been impractical
including indoor settings, orchards and fish hatcheries, to name a
few.
" The construction industry is on the cusp of a major transformation, "
Gallant says, " and in turn, it will have a major effect on the
entire world. " He will present findings from the pilot project at the
online event.
For more info, see www.volvoce.com.
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Magnetics Business & Technology - January/February 2022 - BMW Spending €790 Million to Expand E-Drive Production Operations
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Magnetics Business & Technology - January/February 2022 - Diesel Icon Volvo Penta Moves Aggressively into E-Propulsion
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Magnetics Business & Technology - January/February 2022 - Magnetic NDT Continues to Advance at Eddyfi as It Triples in Size & Expands in Scope
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