Volvo CE launches electric excavator prototype

Awarded the Intermat Innovation Award, it produces no polluting emissions, is ten times more efficient and ten times less noisy for a reduced operating cost.

Volvo Construction Equipment‘s prototype of a 100% electric compact excavator, its small name EX2, won the prestigious Intermat Innovation Award in the Equipment and Machinery / Earthmoving and Demolition category. Highlighted for its undeniable innovation in the construction sector (this model is considered the first prototype in the world of compact excavator fully electric), it produces no polluting emissions, while being ten times more efficient and proportionally ten times less noisy than conventional machines. “The EX2 is a revolutionary machine,” says Ahcène Nedjimi, electromobility specialist and project manager at Volvo CE. Electrification will make machines cleaner, quieter and more efficient: this is the future of our industry. “

On this fully electric prototype, the combustion engine was replaced by two lithium-ion batteries delivering 38 kWh and a range of 8 hours for intensive applications such as trenching. The hydraulic architecture has also been replaced by an electrical architecture incorporating linear electromechanical actuators, which contribute to optimize the transmission chain. “EX2 can easily be used in urban areas without causing nuisance, even at night,” adds Nedjimi. Entirely electric and without an assisted manipulator, the EX2 can be controlled remotely using a mobile phone or tablet. In addition, it offers the same power and strength as conventional machines, while providing greater speed in the movements.

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