Volvo unveils excavators and electromobility pilots at Bauma China

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Volvo CE has demonstrated its commitment to the Chinese market by unveiling two new locally manufactured excavator ranges and electromobility pilots, designed specifically for the current and future needs of Chinese customers, at this week’s Bauma China.

Volvo CE is usingthe event to unveil its first ever excavators to be designed and manufactured in China especially for Chinese customers. The new excavators ranging from 12 to 90 tons come in two ranges – Standard and Heavy Duty. The Standard excavator range is suitable for a wide variety of general construction applications and is designed for digging and lifting in urban environments. The Heavy-Duty range, meanwhile, brings high performance machines to the market, featuring lasting durability, advanced technology and low operating cost even in the most difficult terrain.

Ten models will be progressively launched in 2021 across both ranges with the EC380 Standard and Heavy Duty models set to hit the market during the first half of 2021.

Other highlights from the company’s participation at at Bauma China include the 5.5 t Volvo EC55 Electric and 22 t EC230 Electric customer pilot excavators, which are the first Volvo CE electromobility pilots to be launched in China and will shortly go for testing by real customers in China. These machines offer an attractive package of low noise, zero emissions, energy efficiency and simple maintenance.

Volvo CE is presenting these two customer pilot excavators along with the 14 t EX03 electric wheeled excavator prototype in a demo show. This machine includes several groundbreaking safety features – a real-time video stream from the front of the excavator to allow vehicles behind to clearly see ahead, a text-based safety screen alerting job site staff to left/right movement and reversing, and a communication live stream enabling the operator to make eye contact with others and minimise potentially dangerous misunderstandings.

In addition, Volvo CE is showing a model of the Volvo Electric Site concept, which combines prototype electric and automated machines with site management tools to inspire new ways of working in quarries and other production scenarios to achieve zero emissions, zero accidents, zero unplanned stops and ten times greater efficiency.

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