Volvo CE has announced plans to shift its compact equipment range from diesel to electric.
The company said that by mid-2020 it would begin to launch a range of electric compact excavators (EC15 to EC27) and wheel loaders (L20 to L28), stopping new diesel engine-based development of these models.
The first machines will be unveiled at the Bauma exhibition in April 2019, followed by a staged market-by-market introduction and ramp up in 2020.
The company stresses that diesel combustion remains the most appropriate power source for its larger machines, but says electric propulsion and battery technology is proving particularly suited to Volvo’s smaller equipment.
“Volvo CE is delivering on its commitment of ‘Building Tomorrow’ by driving leadership in electromobility and delivering sustainable solutions that support customer success,” company president Melker Jernberg (pictured right) said.
“The technology we have been developing is now sufficiently robust and this, together with changes in customer behavior and a heightened regulatory environment, means that now is the right time to commit to electromobility in our compact equipment ranges in the future.”
Further information will follow in the coming months.