Volvo boosts charging flexibility with mobile power unit

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has increased its charging solutions range with a new mobile power unit.

The unit has been created to provides flexible power to remote locations with little to no grid access. A transportable 600V Power Unit, for larger machines, it is available now to selected customers and offers zero-emission battery-powered energy whenever it is required.

It is currently being rolled out to various sites, including Sweden’s largest fossil free worksite in Stockholm, with construction company Skanska. Providing power to the 23-ton EC230 Electric excavator, it is provide emission-free operation on site.

The energy storage system is designed to deliver reliable electric power for mid-size and large battery electric construction machines, including the Volvo EC230 Electric and the Volvo L120H Electric Conversion wheel loader.

It is also an efficient power source for other battery-powered vehicles such as electric trucks and cars – making fully emission-free worksites possible.

With the major benefit of power peak shaving, it can also offer a significant cost savings during operation, replacing the need for costly fuel with the lower cost of electricity.

If configured with new or second life battery packs – such as those that have previously been used within other Volvo products like trucks, buses or construction equipment – customers can add further environmental gains to the Power Unit.

Niklas Thulin, Head of Direct Sales Volvo Energy, said: “The Power Unit is a great example of the solutions we are exploring together with Volvo CE.

“Repurposing batteries is key to circularity and being able to give battery packs a second life in new products, which in themselves enable charging or integration of renewable energy, brings tangible sustainability and economic values.”

Elodie Guyot, Head of Electromobility Sales Europe said: “Electric machines are one part of the puzzle when it comes to establishing fully fossil-free worksites – another is reliable charging solutions.

“Our Power Unit is the next step in our ambition to decarbonize the construction industry, helping customers comply with environmental regulations while ensuring the steady and efficient supply of power they need to get the job done.”

Image courtesy of Volvo

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