Volvo CE will launch the largest electric excavator in Japan

Volvo Construction Equipment is expanding its electric machines offering in Japan by introducing the largest model to date, the EC230 Electric excavator. This unveiling will occur at Japan’s CSPI-Expo in May. This will be the first time the machine, which has already made its debut in North America and select European markets, will be available in Asia.

Following the successful introduction of Volvo’s first electric machines in Japan (the L25 Electric compact wheel loader and ECR25 Electric compact excavator), the EC230 Electric excavator is the latest addition.

The EC230 Electric excavator had a trial run on a project in China in 2021 before its official release in North American and selected European markets. Significant consumer interest in zero-emission electric construction equipment in Japan makes the country a perfect market for this new offering.

Volvo CE’s Head of Market Japan, Shoji Isamu, mentioned the encouraging positive feedback since Volvo first introduced electric machines in 2023. He also emphasized the company’s commitment towards achieving net-zero emissions by 2040.

Starting from May 2024, the EC230 Electric will be commercially available, and five units will initially be available for rental in Japan. This aligns with Japan’s commitment towards environmental sustainability, as indicated by the large number of Japanese companies committed to Science Based Targets Initiatives (SBTIs).

In terms of technical specifications, the EC230 Electric, which operates on similar principles as its diesel-powered counterpart, boasts quieter noise levels, reduced vibration, and improved hydraulic responsiveness due to the electric motor. This augments the working environment for operators both in the cabin and on-site. The EC230 Electric possesses an operating weight ranging from 23,000 to 26,100 kg, a bucket capacity of 0.48-1.44 m³, and can lift up to 7,560 kg. The machine also has a digging depth of 6,730 mm, a digging reach of 9,930 mm, and a tail swing radius of up to 2,850 mm. Its battery capacity is 264 kWh, with a battery voltage of 600 V and an approximate run time of up to 5 hours.

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