Volvo opens order books for latest electric compact machines

By Becky SchultzMay 17, 2022

Reservations can now be placed online for the L20 Electric compact wheel loader and the EC18 and ECR18 Electric compact excavators, whose coming availability was announced late last year

Volvo CE has opened its order books to North American customers for the three newest models in its electric compact equipment line.

The company also said it will bring its first mid-size electric excavator to North America for demonstration purposes.

The announcement came at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, CA, where Volvo said reservations can now be placed online for the L20 Electric compact wheel loader and the EC18 and ECR18 Electric compact excavators, whose coming availability was announced late last year.

Features of the L20 Electric compact wheel loader include:

  • 1.8-ton payload and parallel-type linkage (Z-bar linkage optional)
  • Up to six hours of active work per charge
  • Choice of battery pack (33 kWh or 40 kWh)
  • 30% reduction in maintenance

Operator comfort is enhanced by near-silent operation, a new automatic park brake with hill-hold functionality and customizable work modes.

The 1.8-ton EC18 and short-swing ECR18 Electric compact excavators will provide the same stability and operator experience as their diesel counterparts, Volvo CE stated, but provide the added benefit of low noise, low vibration and more responsive hydraulics due to the immediate torque. Both models can deliver four hours of active work per charge, depending on the environment and application.

All three machines come with an integrated on-board charger that allows for charging from zero to 100% in under six hours using the J1772 AC Charging cable on a 240-volt outlet. An optional off-board fast charger will fully charge the L20 Electric in under just two hours and the ECR18 Electric and EC18 Electric up to 80% in under one hour.

The L20, EC18 and ECR18 join the previously launched L25 Electric compact wheel loader and ECR25 Electric compact excavator, which will begin delivery to North American customers in the coming weeks. Deliveries of the three newest models are expected in 2023.

When will Volvo EC230 Electric excavator be available?

In a further demonstration of its commitment to e-mobility, Volvo CE announced plans to bring its 22-ton EC230 Electric excavator – which it describes as “a significant advancement in the electrification of larger construction equipment” – to North America for demo purposes.

“As the world moves toward a more environmentally conscious future, the Volvo CE team has worked for decades to become a leader in the construction industry’s electrification journey,” said Ray Gallant, vice president, Product Management & Productivity, Region Americas at Volvo CE. “Producing equipment that can fill the growing need for sustainability solutions for construction companies, government fleets, food and agriculture businesses and more is something we are very proud of.”

Not yet commercially available, the mid-size EC230 has been used in pilot projects overseas and will come to North America later this year.

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