Zero-emission Volvo excavator starts waste management work in Florida

Volvo Construction Equipment and Mack Trucks, both Volvo Group companies, recently delivered on- and off-road electric equipment to Florida-based Coastal Waste & Recycling to help the company achieve its sustainability goals.

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Coastal Waste & Recycling, based in Boca Raton, is piloting a 23-ton EC230 Electric excavator from Volvo CE and took delivery of a Mack LR Electric Class 8 refuse vehicle that will operate in residential and specialized commercial applications in southern Florida.

The excavator will work at a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) north of Miami. There, Coastal receives and sorts recyclable materials and expects the EC230 Electric to perform the same work as its equivalent diesel model, the EC220EL, feeding material into a sorting line.

The EC230 Electric is a medium-sized excavator, while the LR Electric is a heavy-duty truck that Volvo similarly deems comparable to the diesel-powered Mack LR refuse models.

“Coastal Waste & Recycling has been a great partner and has always been interested in any new technology they can incorporate to drive efficiency and excellence throughout their operations,” said Martin Mattsson, director of Key Account Sales – Waste and Recycling, Volvo CE. “Testing this electric excavator directly against its conventional equivalent will teach us a lot.”

The difference between the electric and diesel excavators is zero emissions and lower noise and vibration levels. The EC230 Electric is also estimated to cost 60% to 70% less energy running costs than the EC220.

CWR will charge both vehicles with the same mobile Heliox 50 kW charger provided by Volvo CE.

“The shift to off-road electrification, especially in heavy construction machines, can’t be accomplished by one single team or company,” said Scott Young, head of region North America, Volvo Construction Equipment. “We’re grateful for the chance to partner with customers and other Volvo Group companies to advance sustainability in a variety of industries.”

Other companies have tested the EC230 Electric in North America over the past year. It’s expected to be commercially available later in 2024. 

Volvo Construction Equipment started electric machine production at its US headquarters in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, in August 2023.,


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