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The EX2 prototype ... believed to be the world’s first fully-electric compact excavator.

The EX2 prototype ... believed to be the world’s first fully-electric compact excavator.

Volvo wins award for electric compact unit

Volvo’s EX2 has won recognition in the Earthmoving and Demolition category of the Intermat Innovation Awards.

March 2018

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has won an award for the revolutionary design of its fully-electric compact excavator prototype, which delivers zero emissions, 10 times higher efficiency, 10 times lower noise levels and reduced total cost of ownership.

The EX2, recognised for its contribution towards progress in the construction industry, is believed to be the world’s first fully-electric compact excavator prototype. The concept machine has won the prestigious Equipment and Machinery Award in the Earthmoving and Demolition category of the Intermat Innovation Awards.

“I am extremely proud that the EX2 has been awarded this globally-recognised innovation award,” says Ahcene Nedjimi, electromobility specialist and EX2 project leader at Volvo CE.

“The EX2 is a revolutionary machine. The electrification of construction equipment will produce cleaner, quieter and more efficient machines – this represents the future of our industry. I’m pleased that the judges have recognised its significance.”

To make the EX2 prototype fully electric, the combustion engine has been replaced with two lithium ion batteries, totalling 38 KWh, which store enough electric energy to operate the machine for eight hours in an intense application, such as digging compact ground. The hydraulic architecture has also been replaced with electric architecture, which incorporates electromechanical linear actuators that help to optimise the transmission chain. Removing the hydraulic system and the combustion engine, as well as reducing the cooling needs, has led to significantly lower noise levels.

“With its zero emissions and 10 times lower noise levels, the EX2 could easily be used in densely populated areas without disturbing people – even at night,” says Nedjimi. “Also, 10 times higher machine efficiency, together with maintenance-free systems, means that operating costs and total cost of ownership would be significantly reduced.

“And because the EX2 is fully electrified and there are no mechanical joysticks, it can be controlled remotely from a mobile phone or tablet. This increases safety in hazardous working environments. Additionally, the EX2 delivers the same power and force as its conventional counterpart, as well as faster speeds in combined movements. As this type of movement is the most common kind for this machine, productivity is improved. All of this has been achieved without compromising on machine performance, ensuring customer needs would be fulfilled.”

“The EX2 forms part of Volvo CE’s long-term ambition of achieving sustainable transport solutions,” says Patrik Lundblad, senior vice-president of Volvo CE’s Technology function.

“This award is a tribute to the hard work and vision of Volvo CE’s employees, who continue to push the boundaries of technology and innovation and ensure the company is at the forefront of technological development. We are now looking forward to presenting the EX2 prototype at Intermat in April.”

The Intermat 2018 Innovation Awards are held in conjunction with Intermat, an international exhibition for construction and infrastructure, which will take place in Paris, France, from April 22 to 28.

The awards honour equipment, techniques, services, products and solutions that contribute towards progress in the construction and infrastructure industry. The jury, under the chairmanship of the president of the French National Federation of Public Works (FNTP), announced its decision at an award ceremony on January 18 in Paris. The judging panel consisted of 13 industry specialists, who selected the top nine submissions to receive awards out of a field of 90 entries from leading manufacturers.

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