Volvo Construction Equipment hosted federal, state and local officials at its Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, facility on Friday to commemorate local design and production of the company’s first electric asphalt compactor.
The DD25 Electric compactor marks the next step in the company’s sustainability journey. Volvo CE has the industry’s largest lineup of commercially available electric construction equipment, and its battery-electric machines started arriving on North American jobsites more than a year ago.
Now, Volvo CE has brought electric machine production to the U.S., starting with the company’s newest offering, the DD25 Electric compactor. The first models are expected to deliver in early 2024. The company aims to have 35% of its product line electric by 2030.
“This is a monumental day at Volvo CE,” said Scott Young, acting president of Region North America, Volvo CE. “Manufacturing electric machines in Shippensburg is good news for the environment, our customers, the local economy, and the broader U.S. construction equipment industry.”
U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr. and U.S. Rep. John Joyce, both of Pennsylvania, commended Volvo CE for being an economic stalwart in the region and for driving transformation to cleaner energy.
“Democrats passed the Inflation Reduction Act to invest in America’s clean energy manufacturing, create good paying jobs, and build a cleaner, safer future for generations to come,” Senator Casey said. “Volvo’s clean-energy electric compactor, the first of its kind to be developed and made entirely in America, reflects the law’s promise to re-energize American manufacturing by supporting our manufacturers and workers as they lead the way in a booming new industry and meet the rising demand for electric vehicles.”
“The equipment manufactured in Pennsylvania’s 13th District is used in projects around the world,” said Rep. Joyce. “With the opening of its new assembly line to produce electric asphalt compactors here in Shippensburg, Volvo Construction Equipment is helping to carry on that legacy. The family-sustaining jobs this expansion creates in Franklin and Cumberland Counties are a welcome addition for those looking to live, work and raise a family here in our district.”
The DD25 Electric compactor sprang from a crowdsourcing project within the Shippensburg compaction engineering team, using scrum methodologies and building on Volvo CE’s proven electric equipment platform. The first model made its debut in March at CONEXPO, North America’s largest construction trade show. Online order reservations also opened at that time.
The DD25 Electric will be manufactured on the same assembly line as Volvo diesel asphalt and soil compactors. This allows the site to expand production capacity without increasing its footprint or incurring significant costs to retool the factory. Volvo is investing heavily in training for its employees, providing over 800 total hours of instruction on electric equipment production concepts and processes.
“We have a talented workforce and the perfect space at this location to set ourselves up for ongoing development and production of industry-changing machines,” said Gustavo Casagrandi, head of operations at the Shippensburg plant. “Some of the world’s best engineers and production team members are right here, building the future of construction.”
Volvo also used the occasion to announce that it is expected to receive a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a pilot testing project of the DD25 Electric in Southern California.
As part of the same event, Rep. Joyce was joined by state and local legislators to cut the ribbon at the company’s new technical training center on the same campus. For more on that facility and event, visit www.volvoce.com/united-states/en-us/about-us/news/2023/volvo-ce-opens-new-technical-training-center.