Volvo Construction Equipment has unveiled a fully electric compact excavator EX2 at its inaugural Innovation Summit in London, what the company believes to be the first fully electric compact excavator prototype.
The EX2, electric excavator prototype is powered 100 percent by electricity. Two lithium ion batteries replace a combustion engine delivering 38KWh. The machine provides eight hours of power to the machine in what Volvo terms as “an intense application, such as digging compact ground.”
The EX2 has zero emissions, 10 times higher efficiency, 10 times lower noise levels, and reduced total cost of ownership, the company said. This comparison is based on a diesel excavator of the same weight class.
In the present scenario Volvo says the EX2 model is only a proof of concept. The company has no plans to manufacture and market the machine worldwide in near future. The company will continue to use the EX2 for research projects for innovation, such as durability testing, increased efficiency and others.
The company’s Electric Site research continues through 2018 and plans to create an electrified quarry with carbon emissions reduced by up to 95 percent and bring down the total cost of quarry ownership possibly by 25 percent.