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Photographs: © Mark Keatley; © Stuart Bell


Volvo CE at CONEXPO 2014

In this article: Articulated haulers Excavators Road machinery Wheel loaders

The year’s largest construction exhibition in the US at the Las Vegas Convention Center saw the launch of Volvo CE’s most innovative range of machines and services to date.

Showcasing a new generation of E-Series excavators, G-Series articulated haulers and H-Series wheel loaders, Volvo CE also exhibited the latest in backhoe loaders, motor graders and skid- and tracked-steer loaders. With more than 17 innovative products on display, the latest Tier 4 Final/Stage IV engine technology took pride of place, demonstrating how the new engines are not only cleaner than the models they replace, but in most cases more powerful and energy efficient. Outdoors, visitors were able to try out a BL60B backhoe loader and an EC55C excavator. Committed to being a total solutions provider, Volvo CE delivers a comprehensive range of products and services that carry each machine through a long and productive life. With company experts on hand to discuss the latest industry trends, customer support offers, and the best fit for financing, Volvo CE was able to demonstrate how its products are designed to work together, setting the standard for productivity efficiency, safety, environmental care, quality of the finished work and total cost of ownership. Here are some of the attractions featured on the Volvo stand.


Fully electric compact excavator of the future. A masterpiece of simplicity and sustainability, the new concept model made its debut at the Las Vegas show and is expected to be operational by 2030, according to Sidney Levy, chief designer at Volvo Product Design. Operators of the future will still be able to sit on the excavator, but most applications will be carried out remotely using augmented reality technology on a computer tablet, allowing the operator to maintain a safe distance during potentially hazardous operations. “We envisage it being used in city environments, such as in the street or even inside buildings, where it would be easy to plug into a power source,” says Sidney Levy.


Volvo’s two new pavers — in a choice of the wheeled P7170 (pictured) or tracked P7110 — provide operators with maximum versatility to suit the needs of any job, delivering the power, precision, reliability and quality that highway paving contractors demand. Born from the Blaw-Knox legacy, these latest models are even more efficient than before. Starting the powerfully precise paver in cold weather is made easier, thanks to an available pump decoupler that disengages non-essential pumps for more consistent start-ups. Customer Service Agreements offer service and maintenance for maximum cost control, and minimum downtime. Volvo CE’s extensive service network provides the peace of mind that comes with a worldwide network of experienced technicians, workshops and dealers.


The L250H is not only one of the most efficient heavy-duty wheel loaders on the market but also one of the most productive. It boasts heightened safety, up to 18% better fuel economy with OptiShift, and the best servicing access Volvo CE has ever offered. Built on decades of experience, operators will benefit from short cycle times, high breakout force and excellent controllability with this machine. With a variety of product options, Volvo customers can adapt their machine to access more applications such as block, rock and waste handling. Attachments are purpose-built to work in harmony with the L250H.


The heavy-duty EC380E crawler excavator is an exceptionally productive machine that lowers operating costs through reduced fuel consumption, combining superior efficiency, productivity and durability for maximum profitability in quarry and mass excavation applications. When the controls have been inactive for a pre-set amount of time, the excavator can be programed to automatically reduce engine speed or even shut down to further reduce fuel consumption and noise. Designed for ease of operation as well as simple maintenance, the strong three-piece undercarriage and high tensile steel X-shaped frame have been reinforced to ensure a long service life. Additional superstructure cover plates prevent damage to the underside of the machine from rock and debris.


Meet the new generation of articulated haulers – from engine to axles, the purpose-built, all-Volvo drivetrain ensures perfect harmony and optimized performance. The A40GFS hauler’s unique, self-compensating, hydromechanical system provides precise steering, excellent maneuverability and a short turning radius. All Volvo haulers are equipped with oil-cooled wet multiple disc brakes on all wheels to ensure high braking performance and long service life in the worst conditions. The centrally positioned cab has all-round visibility with a wide front windshield, full-glass door, sloping hood and large rear-view mirrors. As with all Volvo machines, owners, operators and service technicians have access to a wealth of vital data that will improve productivity and save money.

Volvo A40GFS

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