This is the latest electromobility project from Volvo CE, a 5.5-t electric excavator designed and built at the Volvo facilities in Jinan, specifically for the needs of the Chinese market. This is the first time the company has introduced any sort of concept machine in China, let alone a mature pilot machine ready for customer testing.
The EC55 Electric is based on its diesel-powered counterpart the EC55D and will deliver even better performance and controllability with the added benefits of quiet operation and zero emissions. Since the energy running costs are 50% lower and the maintenance requirements simpler, the EC55 Electric also achieves higher uptime and a lower total cost of ownership.
Two lithium battery packs of 350 V – the same voltage found in Chinese homes and electric cars – and a standard Chinese charging solution allow operators to plug and play. The EC55 Electric will be able to work continuously on these tasks for four and a half hours without charging or nine hours with a lunch-hour fast charge.
Volvo CE has also included the latest telematics system in China, enabled by Volvo ActiveCare proactive monitoring, to fulfil Chinese electromobility data regulations and meet aftermarket service requirements. These in-built telematics will provide instant feedback, accelerating the company’s understanding of the excavator’s operation and performance for faster maturation and commercialization.
Typical applications for this class of excavator include materials handling, site preparation in the building and construction industries, landscaping, and light utility work.