Volvo CE launches electric loader conversion

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is digging deeper to pave the way for the EV transition and has developed a new solution for mid-size range construction machinery. This time, it is a conversion of a 20-ton loader for a speedier market entry.

Volvo CE has been making headlines since it announced targets towards carbon neutrality by 2040 and an electric vehicle share of 35 per cent of its sold machines in 2030. In today’s news, the company said again that when it comes to delivering a carbon-neutral construction industry, “we must act now”.

This is also why, this time, Volvo CE opted for an EV conversion which may even be offered as a retrofit solution depending on the market demand, so the company.

Together with CE Engineering Solutions and Parker Hannifin, formerly Parker Appliance Company or just Parker is an American corporation specialising in motion and control technologies.

The cooperation resulted in the L120H Electric Conversion, which Volvo CE will make available this year for selected customers in Europe. 240 kWh batteries provide a runtime of approximately five hours in most medium-duty applications, and Volvo CE says it can charge from 0-100% in 1.5-2 hours.

Standard features include Comfort Drive Control, Load Assist with On-Board Weighing, plus radar detection with a new Collision Mitigation System. In addition, the L120H Electric Conversion will be supported by dedicated electromobility applications, which allow the operator to check the battery and charging status and preheat the cab.

This latest collaboration expands Volvo CE’s line of electric wheel loaders. Also, it follows the company’s investment in Dutch manufacturer Limach, announced in June, to broaden the electric excavator portfolio. With the L20 Electric and L25 Electric, Volvo CE already has two light electric wheel loaders in its range. However, the Arvika plant specialises in medium and heavy wheel loaders – so new products can also be expected.

While the partnership approach allows for a speedier implementation to the market, according to Volvo CE, it happens in parallel with dedicated electric solutions like the EC230 Electric, a 23-ton battery electric excavator built on Volvo CE’s own advanced technology. Only last week, Volvo CE announced expanding its largest excavator factory in South Korea to prepare for electrifying the largest segments.

“Both approaches (retrofit and EV dedicated) are needed if the industry is expected to reach carbon reduction targets,” says the company.

“There is no time to wait – we need to deliver solutions that allow our customers to achieve their decarbonisation goals,” Carl Slotte, Head of Sales Region Europe at Volvo CE, added. “Our commitment to partnership allows us to take a leading position in transforming our industry with electric solutions that are built to fulfil market demand and tailored to suit the changing needs of our customers. Working together, we are scaling up our portfolio of electric machines, extending the versatility of our range and transforming our industry towards a carbon-neutral future.”

To register interest in the L120H Electric Conversion, customers may contact their local Volvo CE dealer or email the company directly.


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