Volvo Group’s construction equipment division announced that it began deliveries of its first electric construction machinery to customers. The recipient of the new products–an electric Volvo FE truck with electrically powered crane, and a Volvo CER25 electric compact excavator–was French contractor Eiffage. The machines support Eiffage’s low carbon strategy and are to work on the Grand Paris Express transport project in the French capital. According to a press release, this initiative will add 120 miles of new track and 68 new stations.
The Volvo FE Electric 6X2 truck was built at the Volvo plant of Blainville sur Orne in France. It will be used to deliver and collect tools and spare parts for demolition works of Part 1–line 16 and Part T2B of line 15 of the Grand Paris Express project. It will do around 93 miles per day with zero exhaust emissions.
The Volvo ECR25 Electric compact excavator, will be used by Eiffage in support of demolition and dismantling activities, with zero CO2 emissions and lower noise and vibration levels than traditional diesel engine machines. The 2.5-ton machine has the same performance as its diesel counterpart, and its battery pack offers four hours work time, depending on application. The Volvo ECR25 Electric was developed and built at Volvo CE’s Belley factory in France.
“By 2030, we want over a third of the machines the Volvo Group sells to be electric. We can’t do this alone, we want to do this together with our customers, partners like Eiffage and the wider society,” says Volvo Group CEO, Martin Lundstedt. “Today is an exciting landmark on this journey to shape the future of transport and infrastructure.”