While Volvo has introduced its EC230 excavator in the European and Chinese markets, it has yet to launch it officially in the United States. North American availability is anticipated for 2024.
Skanska's electric excavator pilot programme in Los Angeles, one of four such initiatives in North America, is slated to run for a duration of 90 days. The primary objective is to evaluate the viability and performance of an electric excavator of this magnitude on a “megaproject.” To achieve this, Skanska has integrated the Volvo EC230 into the Los Angeles Metro's Purple (D Line) Extension Transit Project.
James Bailey, Executive Vice President of Skanska USA Civil's West Coast operations, emphasised the construction industry's substantial contribution to energy-related carbon emissions, accounting for approximately 40%. Bailey stated, “Participating in this pilot allows us to continue to be a part of the transition to low-carbon, zero-emission construction. Doing so on a large-scale project like the Purple (D Line) Extension Transit Project will provide a unique insight to inform sustainable innovation moving forward.”
The Volvo EC230 has replaced a diesel-powered Komatsu PC228 excavator on the Los Angeles project. Its primary task involves loading export material onto trucks from a stockpile situated at the D Line's La Brea Station, a location currently under construction.
With an operating weight ranging between 23,000 and 26,100 kg (50,706-57,540 lbs), the EC230 is equipped with a 264 kWh battery capacity, offering a runtime of up to five hours. This pilot initiative underscores the construction industry's commitment to exploring greener and more sustainable alternatives, particularly on large-scale projects that can serve as valuable testing grounds for future innovations.