Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has revealed its first electric prototype in the mid-size excavator range.
The concept EX03 electric wheeled excavator – showcased at the China International Import Expo (CIIE) this month – promises low noise, zero exhaust emissions and reduced maintenance.
While still in the concept stage with no current plans to bring it to market, the company is exploring the possibility of eventually trialing a similar version of the EX03 in customer pilots.
The 14-tonne EX03 is equipped with a battery pack from Volvo Trucks and boasts the same performance level as a diesel machine of the same class.
Based on tried and tested technology and product design, Volvo CE says the prototype is the next natural stage in its electromobility journey, following on from the smaller EX02 concept electric excavator.
Among its features is a video screen fixed to the rear of the EX03, which has three configurations:
- A real-time video stream from the front of the machine allowing vehicles behind to clearly see clearly ahead when driving on public highways
- A text-based safety screen alerting workers on site to left and right movement or reversing; and
- A safety communication live stream enabling the operator to make eye contact with pedestrians and workers, minimizing misunderstandings and increasing safety.
“This prototype is a significant step forward in the evolution of medium electric construction machines,” Volvo CE program manager for advanced engineering Inwoo Kim said.
“As our first electric excavator concept in the mid-size range, we have been quick to build and expand on our existing electromobility technology. With the same power and force as a diesel machine of the same size, there has been no compromise on performance.”
The electric wheeled excavator prototype aims to deliver zero emissions, higher efficiency, lower noise levels and reduced total cost of ownership compared to its conventional counterparts.