To better understand the management of electrical construction equipment on a job site, Volvo CE is testing all aspects of how electrical machinery works in a large city – from charging infrastructure to energy supply and more – through its project Electric Worksite research.
Launched earlier this year in Gothenburg, Sweden, E-Worksite will help set the global benchmark for electrical construction sites and test the specific requirements of electrical machines in different tasks.
Urban environments could benefit the most from electrical equipment. Low noise and zero emission machines have less impact on residents living nearby and help cities achieve their sustainability goals. In addition, charging stations are much more readily available than in rural areas.
“We already offer electrical solutions that offer zero exhaust emissions, reduced noise and a much more comfortable working environment, but that’s only half the challenge,” says Carolina Diez Ferrer, Head of Programs advanced engineering, Volvo CE. “We are also committed to helping our customers achieve their own climate goals through complete site solutions with a holistic sustainability approach. This exciting partnership allows for an in-depth investigation of the various infrastructure and support system needs to make electrical machines truly perform at their best, no matter what the task at hand.
The research project is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency, Volvo CE working in close collaboration with several municipalities, cities and academic and industrial partners. He will explore the site’s requirements for electromobility over the next two years through a variety of applications.
Volvo construction equipmentIn the first phase of the project, Volvo’s L25 electric wheel loader and ECR25 electric excavator perform minor construction work, material movement and landscaping in the heart of Gothenburg. In the spring, a larger 30 metric tonne excavator connected to the grid will be responsible for more energy-intensive work on various construction sites.
“To meet the climate goals for the city of Gothenburg, we need to reduce greenhouse gases, and we see that electric construction machinery will help us in this environmental work by reducing local emissions of nitrogen oxides and particles, as well as noise, “said Peter Lindgren, developer of electrified transport business with Gothenburg City Transport Administration. “The partnership within the framework of the Electric Site is of great value, and we see that this research project has the necessary capacity to accelerate our green transformation”.
The path to widespread adoption of electrical construction equipment is complex, but project planners hope to address some of the issues related to costs, energy efficiency, infrastructure and support systems, legislation and regulatory frameworks. , and the general acceptance of the technology throughout the project.
“We want to collectively take on the complex task of understanding the electrical ecosystem and guiding our customers on how best to move forward in this transition,” says Niklas Lindblom, Project Manager, Advanced Engineering Programs, Volvo CE. “Through this partnership, we will connect all parts of the customer’s value chain to develop shared knowledge and innovation capabilities to ensure our electrical future is fit for all construction challenges. “