Volvo CE Launches Two Mobile Chargers

May 21, 2024
Volvo is teaming with Volvo Penta and two manufacturers.

Two mobile charging units from Volvo Construction Equipment provide onsite charging for large and compact electric equipment. The Volvo-branded mobile charging units include the PU750, designed for fast-charging larger equipment onsite without needing a converter, and the PU130, a portable Level 2 charger for compact machines.

Volvo CE is partnering with Volvo Penta, Utility Innovation Group (UIG), and Portable Electric to market the charging units. 

“We all have a common goal to revolutionize the landscape of sustainable technology within the heavy equipment sector,” said Ray Gallant, VP of sustainability and productivity services for Volvo CE, in a statement. “Collaborating on these products allows us to make significant steps forward in the adoptability of electric machines.”

It announced the partnership at a press event at the 2024 Advanced Clean Transportation Expo. It also presented results from pilot tests of its electric EC230 excavator.

Volvo PU750 mobile charger

UIG designed and built the PU750 working with Volvo CE and Volvo Penta and leveraging the Volvo Group CAST (Common Architecture, Shared Technology) strategy. The PU750 has enough energy to support three to four mid-size machines through twin CCS1 connections before the 792 kWh Volvo-based batteries need to be recharged. When used with the grid interactive UIG power system, the PU750 can seamlessly maximize available AC power and integrate on-site distributed energy assets to enable vehicle charging operations, according to Volvo. Multiple assets can be tracked, managed, and visualized within the GridSure platform, making vehicle and charging power management clear. The PU750 also integrates solar panels to aid in controls and auxiliary system support when it is away from the grid.

The partnership applies Volvo Penta’s battery sub-system to support charging around the world and allows mid-size electric machines to charge on a variety of job sites thanks to its adaptability to multiple infrastructure setups and easy transport.

The PU130 is based on Portable Electric’s proprietary 48-volt direct current fast charging (DCFC) technology. It provides the ability to charge equipment in less than an hour with 130 kWh of energy storage capacity and a 20 kW charge rate. In addition to charging equipment, the PU130 can simultaneously provide 40 kW of site power.

About the Author

Rod Sutton

Sutton has served as the editorial lead of Construction Equipment magazine and since 2001. 

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