Volvo Construction Equipment Launches Three New Electric Powered Machines (2023)

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) announces it plans to introduce three new electric powered compact machines. These will include:

  • L20 Electric compact wheel loader
  • EC18 Electric compact excavator
  • ECR18 Electric compact excavator

During the virtual launch event for the new machines, Melker Jernberg, President of Volvo CE, said the company will now have the broadest range of electric powered equipment in the construction industry. Volvo CE will have a total of five electric machines available for the market—the previously launched ECR25 Electric compact excavator and Volvo L25 Electric wheel loader, and these three new machines.

“We are committed to building the world we want to live in,” he said. That means lowering carbon dioxide (CO2) levels and eliminating emissions, exhaust fumes and vibrations from equipment as it operates as well as reducing noise to create a more enjoyable operating experience for customers.

“These machines will deliver exactly that,” said Jernberg. “They will hopefully also deliver a lot of power into [customers’] business.”

Development of electric powered equipment is part of the company’s, and the Volvo Group as a whole, efforts to reduce emissions. In June 2021, the Volvo Group’s climate targets were approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). These include reaching net zero value chain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2040 and having at least 35% of its total range of vehicles be fully electric by 2030.

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Features of the new electric excavators and wheel loader

Based on the larger L25 Electric, Volvo CE’s new L20 Electric is a 4.5-ton wheel loader with a 1.8 ton payload and track width of 1.65 m (5.4 ft.). Paolo Mannesi, Global Product Manager for Compact Wheel Loaders at Volvo CE, said during the launch event that the L20 offers the full benefits of electrification like its predecessor including local emissions-free operation and extensive noise reduction.

He said these benefits open up new opportunities for job sites in which the machines can be utilized—particularly those areas where noise and emissions are of most concern.

The L20 Electric features a parallel-type linkage for improved visibility over the attachment being used as well as 100% parallel movements to suit use in fork applications. Also included on the machine is a new intuitive HMI (human machine interface) system designed for the company’s electric compact machines to help ensure optimized operation and comfort.

Two battery size options are available for the L20 Electric, a 33 kWh or 40 kWh battery pack. This allows customers to configure their machine based on their needed net operating time and planned charging schedule said Mannesi. The L20 Electric can be charged from 0-100% in up to 5 hours on public charging stations or using the charging cable provided with the wheel loader. Customers can expect to get up to 6 hours of active working time on a single charge with this new wheel loader.

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A new parking brake concept with hill-hold functionality will be introduced with the L20 Electric, as well, said Mannesi, to help further improve operator comfort.

The new EC18 and ECR18 Electric compact excavators have many aspects in common with their diesel equivalent, said Clement Brette, Global Product Manager for Compact Excavators at Volvo CE, during the virtual launch event. These include use of the same machine structures, a high level of operator comfort, the same hydraulics systems and optimized lifting and digging capabilities.

Volvo Construction Equipment Launches Three New Electric Powered Machines (1)Volvo CE's newest electric compact equipment is designed to provide enough power for a full working shift.Volvo Construction Equipment

Brette said the 1.8-ton EC18 Electric is a conventional machine available with a heated cab or a canopy. It has a battery capacity of 20 kWh and runtime range of 3-5 hours depending on the application. According to Volvo CE, the excavator’s variable undercarriage retracts to less than 1 m (3.3 ft.) and expands up to 1.35 m (4.4 ft.), allowing it to squeeze into the tightest of areas, while the machine’s design ensures the right frame corner, swing post and cylinder stay within the tracks’ width, resulting in maximum visibility and a reduced risk of machine damage when working alongside obstacles.

Meanwhile the ECR18 Electric is a short-radius equivalent of the EC18 Electric. This 1.8-ton excavator features a 12 mm (0.5 in.) overhang in the back and the front right corner stays within frame when rotating, ensuring maneuverability in tight spaces. This machine is only available with a canopy. It has a 16 kWh battery capacity and a runtime range of 2.5-4 hours depending on application.

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Both compact excavators feature 5 in. (127 mm) color displays with simplified menus to ensure ease of operation. The machines are compatible with Volvo’s range of fast chargers and can be recharged from 0-80% in up to 1 hour.

Brette said all of the electric machines come with charging cables which use the same protocols as public charging stations. They come with a type 2 plug and can be used on household outlets as well as workshop blue or red outlets, ensuring customers can recharge their equipment wherever they may be. The charging cables include built-in protection from overheating and other electrical risks.

Volvo CE has also developed a range of fast chargers to provide customers with even more charging flexibility. These chargers can be used indoors or outdoors, as well as with various power outputs in order to adjust to customers’ specific needs, said Brette.

Ensuring optimal machine performance

Mannesi said a frequent question the company gets from customers is how long they can operate the electric machines. “In general, our electric compact machines are designed to cover one full working shift with a standard on-off working pattern,” he said.

However, because the operation time is dependent upon how the equipment is being used, Volvo CE has developed an operating time calculator. This allows operating time to be calculated by the customer’s specific operations, explained Mannesi. The calculator can also help plan the charging routine based on how the customer’s working profile. Currently, the ECR25 and L25 are included in the calculator; the three new electric machines will be added in the first quarter of 2022. A public version will be available later in the year, as well.Volvo Construction Equipment Launches Three New Electric Powered Machines (2)A fleet management app, EMMA, will help customers better monitor battery usage to optimize productivity.Volvo Construction Equipment

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According to Volvo CE, electrification can open the door to new, helpful digital tools such as the Electric Machines Management Application (EMMA) it will soon be introducing for use with all its electric powered equipment. EMMA will allow customers to:

  • view machine battery levels
  • get charging notifications
  • view location of all machines
  • keep track of remaining battery and working hours.

This fleet management tool is designed to provide customers with easy access to machine information. “We want customers to be able to fully utilize their machines to the fullest capacity, and EMMA can support that,” said Ing-Marie Perneblad, Product Owner Fleet Management at Volvo CE, during the virtual launch event.

More functionalities will be added in the future such as more map functionalities. A built-in feedback function is included currently so users can provide insights into what features of the app work, and what they would like to see in the future to help guide Volvo CE’s development efforts, she said.

EMMA will be available at the beginning of 2022, and a demo version is currently available online.

Volvo CE plans to make the new electric machines available for production starting in the second quarter of 2022. Online pre-ordering is currently available. As with the launch of Volvo CE's first two electric machines, the new L20 Electric, EC18 Electric and ECR18 Electric will first be available to customers in 12 European countries followed by other markets in the future.

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FAQs

Who bought Volvo equipment? ›

First North American Purchase of Volvo CE Electric Equipment Gets Delivered to Walden Hill. Since its founding in 2014, Walden Hill has focused on putting nature, animals and people first through sustainable forestry and other environmentally friendly practices on their 400-acre farm in Massachusetts.

What is the biggest Volvo excavator? ›

Gain more profitability in the EC950F, Volvo's largest crawler excavator. The 90 tonne excavator delivers a high bucket capacity for more tons per hour, achieving a fast and efficient on-site production.

What is the best Volvo excavator? ›

The 2022 awards went to the Volvo EC380E in the Large Crawler Excavators category and the Volvo L250H in the Large Wheel Loaders category.

Are Volvo excavators made in USA? ›

Headquartered in Gothenburg, Volvo Construction Equipment has production facilities all over the world – in Sweden, France, Belgium, Germany, United Kingdom, USA, Brazil, India, China and Korea.

Is Volvo still owned by China? ›

Volvo is currently owned by the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, a Chinese company which owns over 15 other vehicle makers.

Who is the biggest shareholder of Volvo? ›

Since 2010 Volvo Cars has been owned by the automotive company Geely Holding Group.
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Volvo.
TypeAktiebolag
Total assets515.856 billion kr (2021)
Total equity144.118 billion kr (2021)
OwnersAB Industrivärden (8.6%; 27.7% votes) Geely (8.2%; 16.0% votes)
Number of employees95,850 (2021)
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Who is the largest excavator manufacturer in the world? ›

Caterpillar

Caterpillar, the world's largest manufacturer of construction equipment, offers more than 300 machines in its product line and features many different sizes of excavators.

What is the fastest excavator in the world? ›

The speed of the loader benefits the crawler excavator: a crawler excavator that reaches 10km/h, it is another unique additional benefit. Marketed in rubber tracks, the MCR are now available in steel tracks which make them the compact steel crawler excavators the fastest in the world!

What is the best excavator for the money? ›

Comparing the Best Mini Excavators on the Market
  • Best Overall: Yanmar ViO35-6A. ...
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  • Best Customizable Option: John Deere 35G.
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Where is the 3 million mile Volvo now? ›

The 3 Million Mile Volvo is now owned by Volvo, which purchased the car following the death of Irv Gordon, the 3 Million Mile Man. In 1966, Gordon purchased a Volvo P1800 from the dealer for just $4,150—a figure that proved to be a bargain.

What is the most reliable Volvo engine? ›

"The S60's T6 engine is simply the best engine Volvo's ever produced," noted Doug Speck, President and CEO, Volvo Cars of North America, LLC. "It's powerful, smooth, and gets great fuel economy. We're honored that Ward's is recognizing the T6 engine as one of its 10 Best for 2011."

Did Volvo buy Samsung excavators? ›

Volvo CE acquired Åkerman in 1991 and with it a whole wealth of knowledge and expertise. With the acquisition of Samsung Heavy Industries' construction equipment division in 1998, including established excavator manufacturing operations in Korea, Volvo branded excavators leapt onto the global stage.

Does John Deere make their own excavators? ›

With the completion of this acquisition, John Deere now controls its excavator design, product, and feature updates, making it possible to more rapidly respond to customer requirements and integrate excavators with other Deere construction products.

Where are John Deere excavators built? ›

John Deere Kernersville is a purpose driven design and manufacturing company located in Kernersville, NC. As the manufacturer of John Deere branded hydraulic excavators, our state-of-the-art facilities produce high quality, made-to-order machines for the North American customer.

Who make Volvo engines? ›

Until 2014, Volvo Cars used some engines of its own and others from Ford. Now, however, the Volvo Engine Architecture (VEA) set of engines is found in all Volvo vehicles. This family of three- and four-cylinder engines are entirely designed by the Scandinavian company.

Is Volvo still selling in Russia? ›

Volvo Cars halts sales to Russia, citing Ukraine sanctions and 'potential risks. '

Which Volvo models are made in China? ›

The vehicles assembled there are what you would find throughout most of the world, except for Asian market examples. Those Volvo XC90 SUVs are assembled mainly in Chengdu, China. Volvo Cars has plans for assembling all 2022 Volvo XC90 models at their new facility in South Carolina.

What does Volvo mean in Swedish? ›

Etymology. From Swedish Volvo, from Latin volvō (“I roll”), in reference to ball bearings which were the company's original product.

Who owns the 3 million mile Volvo? ›

Irv Gordon

How much did Ford lose on Volvo? ›

The Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, based in Hangzhou, agreed to pay $1.8 billion for Volvo, with $1.6 billion in cash and the rest in a note payable to Ford.

What is the hardest heavy equipment to operate? ›

Generally, out of all the heavy equipment, motor graders are perceived to be the most difficult vehicles to drive.

What is a lot of hours for an excavator? ›

3. Excavator. Many contractors end up taking hydraulic excavators out of primary production at about 9,800 hours of use. By the time an excavator reaches that number, most components, aside from the engine, have seen some sort of major repair or replacement.

What is the most used excavator? ›

Standard or Crawler Excavator

Standard excavators are one of the most popular excavators used because they are designed for the bulk of excavation jobs. They are available in sizes ranging from mini-excavators to large heavy-duty excavators.

Are there any American made excavators? ›

In addition to the SY215C, the same production line also manufactures SANY's SY225C, SY265C and SY265C Long Reach excavators, meaning the entire family of midsized excavators in the SANY lineup are Built in Georgia – and Made for America.

What is the oldest excavator in the world? ›

The first hydraulic excavator would not appear until 1882, built by Sir W. G. Armstrong & Company in England. They realised hydraulic force was a far more efficient source of power for digging and employed it in a groundbreaking design.

What's the deepest an excavator can dig? ›

The deepest diggers are standard hydraulic excavators. These also have the greatest horsepower. The most powerful has 243 HP and can dig to a depth of 26 feet, 7 inches. It's important to note on all excavators that because the stick length varies, the depths listed may change based on alterations to the stick.

What's the biggest excavator you can get with a blade? ›

The TB2150 is the largest and most powerful excavator in the US Takeuchi line. Unique in its class are the standard pivot boom and dozer blade increasing versatility.

What is John Deere's largest excavator? ›

The 870G LC excavator has been updated to G Series with a 512-horsepower Tier 4-Final Isuzu engine that uses EGR, DOC, and SCR technologies.

Is owning a excavator profitable? ›

Most Profitable: Mini Excavators

They are relatively low cost to buy, but you can charge a relatively high price when billing. The cost for mini excavators also benefits because transportation is inexpensive, fuel use is low, and maintenance costs are mini, too!

Is Volvo a good excavator? ›

1. Lifetime Boom, Arm, & Frame Warranty. Volvo CE designs all of its machines to withstand extreme jobsite conditions. Through decades of field and lab experience, Volvo CE has developed industry-leading frame quality, longevity, and durability standards.

What is the maximum slope an excavator can work? ›

Degree of slope – an excavator should not be operated on a slope greater than 70% due to engine lubrication requirements. Direction – the tracks should always be pointing up or down rather than sideways to the slope.

How many miles do Volvo engines last? ›

It can also vary depending on the make and year of your Volvo. That being said, with the proper care the average lifespan of a Volvo is typically 20 years with over 200,000 miles.

Does Volvo give you a free car after million miles? ›

So, I did it!” And so he did. Three decades and million miles after O'Shea drove off the lot, he returned to a ribbon-wrapped reward: West County Volvo and Volvo Cars USA honored his mileage-stone with this 2022 S-60 sedan. It's his and free for two years, under the “Care by Volvo” all-inclusive car subscription.

What is the most miles a car has ever lasted? ›

1966 Volvo P1800 - 3,000,000 miles

Irv Gordon of East Patchogue, New York set the world record for most miles on a personal car by racking up over 3.4 million miles in his 1966 Volvo 1800S.

Does Volvo use Cummins engines? ›

The Cummins ISX15 available for the Volvo VNL models. The ISX15 have made quite an impression on Volvo truck owners. Boasting as reliable, durable, and long lasting the Cummins ISX15 is a great alternative to the Volvo engines with great results.

Do Volvo still use Ford engines? ›

Volvo used a mixture of Ford engines, and its own five-cylinder turbo units, up until 2014, when all the engines began to be replaced by Volvo's new (and still-current) family of Swedish-designed and built four-cylinder turbo engines.

What problems are Volvos known for? ›

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  • Identify the components of Volvo's complicated transmission. ...
  • Fuse Box Issues. ...
  • Power Steering Leakage Issues to save the day. ...
  • Fuel Leakage Problems.
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Who builds John Deere excavator? ›

John Deere and Wacker Neuson will collaborate on the development of excavators less than 5-metric-tons, including battery electric excavators, that will be manufactured by Wacker Neuson.

Does Volvo own Blaw Knox? ›

Blaw-Knox was sold to new owners in 1968, changed owners a few times thereafter, and continues as the Volvo Blaw-Knox brand of paving equipment, sold to Volvo Construction Equipment since 2007.

Does New Holland still make excavators? ›

New Holland Construction produces construction equipment including backhoes, excavators and loaders.

Does Russia still own John Deere? ›

Deere said Ukraine and Russia account for about 3% of its annual sales. Deere manufactures seeding and tillage equipment in Orenburg, Russia, and has a parts depot in Domodedovo, Russia. There's also a marketing office in Kyiv, Ukraine, for its agriculture and turf business.

Are John Deere tractors made in Russia? ›

Deere has one factory in Russia, the Orenburg facility, which manufactures seeding and tillage equipment, while the John Deere Domodedovo facility serves as a parts distribution center. The factory remains operational.

Who bought John Deere? ›

The Wirtgen Group will enable Deere and Company to become to the world leader in road construction equipment. Deere has retained all five of Wirtgen's existing brands, along with its employees and distribution network.

Are John Deere engines made in China? ›

Currently John Deere makes agricultural tractors, combines and engines in China. CNH Industrial produces agricultural tractors, combines, cotton pickers and sugar cane harvesters.

Where are Caterpillar excavators made? ›

Caterpillar core products manufactured in China include hydraulic excavators, track-type tractors, wheel loaders, soil compactors, motor graders, paving products, medium and large diesel engines and generator sets. Caterpillar also manufactures components at several facilities in China.

Is a Hitachi excavator the same as a John Deere? ›

Five years later, 1988, the companies officially joined forces as Deere-Hitachi, a joint venture that combined Hitachi's excavator design and technology with Deere's customer support, parts, dealer network and—maybe most importantly—the then 150-year-old Deere brand.

Did Volvo get bought by Ford? ›

Volvo Cars has been separate from its former parent conglomerate and producer of heavy trucks, buses, and construction equipment (among others) AB Volvo since 1999 when AB Volvo sold its automobile division Volvo Cars to Ford Motor Company. In 2010, Ford sold loss-making Volvo Cars to the company Geely.

Is Volvo still owned by Ford? ›

Who owns Volvo Cars? The Ford Motor Company purchased Volvo Cars in 1999, then sold them to Geely Automobile in 2010. Geely Automobile's headquarters is in Shanghai, while Volvo Cars still maintains its headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Who bought Volvo from Ford? ›

The Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, based in Hangzhou, agreed to pay $1.8 billion for Volvo, with $1.6 billion in cash and the rest in a note payable to Ford. Ford paid $6 billion in 1999 to acquire Volvo, leaving the company with a substantial loss on its investment.

Did China buy out Volvo? ›

Shares in Geely Automobile Holdings surged nearly 5% on March 29 Monday after its Chinese parent company sealed a $1.8 billion deal to buy Volvo Cars from Ford. "It is a comprehensive acquisition," said Jerry Huang, a Shanghai-based analyst with automotive research firm CSM Worldwide.

What is high mileage for a Volvo? ›

The Volvo High Mileage Vehicle Service Contract is offered for vehicles with over 105,000 miles and designed to offer you protection if a repair is needed.

Why Volvo was sold to Ford? ›

As with the merger of the former Daimler-Benz AG and Chrysler Corp., Ford and Volvo were a natural fit. Ford had cash and a gap in its product line. Volvo was a small player in need of a wealthy parent.

Is Volvo still made in Sweden? ›

The Swedish luxury brand is owned by a Chinese company and builds cars all over the world.

How much of Volvo does China own? ›

Volvo created their car and truck lines separately. Currently, the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group owns the entire car production of Volvo, however, they do not yet own the truck side of the company. But, they do hold an 8.2% stake in the truck lineup and plan to fully own it soon.

Is Ford owned by China? ›

Chang'an Ford (Chinese: 长安福特; pinyin: Cháng'ān Fútè; full name Chang'an Ford Automobile Co., Ltd.) is a Chinese automotive manufacturing company headquartered in Chongqing. It is a 50/50 joint venture between local Changan Automobile and US-based Ford Motor Company.
...
Changan Ford.
TypeJoint venture
Websiteford.com.cn
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Why did Volvo sell to China? ›

The acquisition of an additional 50 per cent of the shares in Daqing Volvo Car Manufacturing Co., Ltd and Shanghai Volvo Car Research and Development Co., Ltd, will further strengthen Volvo Cars' position in China, its largest market, and maximize exposure to one of the fastest growing regions globally.

Which car gives highest mileage in the world? ›

  • 7/15 1991 Chevy C1500 – 1.29 million miles.
  • 6/15 1983 Lincoln Town Car – 1.3 million miles.
  • 5/15 1963 Volkswagen Beetle – 1.61 million miles.
  • 4/15 1963 Plymouth Fury – 1.62 million miles.
  • 3/15 1979 Volvo 245 GL – 1.63 million miles.
  • 2/15 1976 Mercedes-Benz 240D – 2.85 million miles.
  • 1/15 1966 Volvo P1800 – 3.25 million miles.
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What is the most mileage on a car ever? ›

CAR. Irv Gordon of East Patchogue, New York set the world record for most miles on a personal car by racking up over 3.4 million miles in his 1966 Volvo 1800S. Gordon, who said he bought the Volvo in 1966 for $4,150, estimated that he drove over 100,000 miles per year visiting car shows as far away as Vancouver, Canada ...

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