Even asphalt pavers are going all in on electric power

By Andy BrownJanuary 25, 2022

First completely emission-free asphalt paver should be on the road by mid-2022

Wirtgen and New Electric have been commissioned to convert an asphalt spreading machine into the world’s first fully electrically driven asphalt spreading paver for Royal BAM Group’s Dutch civil engineering company.

It is reported that, on an annual basis, the use of this machine will save more than 93,000 kilograms of CO₂ and 115,000 grams of nitrogen oxide emissions.

Together with partners Wirtgen and New Electric, BAM Infra has replaced the stage V motor with an electric drive consisting of a fixed battery of 270kWh and two smartly switched electric motors.

With a second 270KWh battery, the paver can immediately be moved to the next project after a long working day. This exchangeable battery is also suitable for use in other electric equipment.

The use of the electric asphalt paver saves about 150 litres of diesel per eight-hour working day. 

The electric asphalt paver can be used for eight to 10 hours on fully charged batteries. In addition to the emission benefits, it makes considerably less noise than current machines.

BAM has said that it aims to have the first completely emission-free asphalt set on the road by mid-2022.

In other recent news, Wirtgen premiered a complete concrete paving train, including the new WPS 102i placer/spreader, an SP 94i slipform paver, and a TCM 180i texture curing machine.

The company presented an innovative system reported to make construction sites more efficient through the ability to flexibly and rapidly change working widths when paving with the TeleMold.

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