Volvo CE puts first zero-emission machines to the test in UAE

The EC230 Electric excavator.
The EC230 Electric excavator.

The first zero-emission construction machines by Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) are coming to the United Arab Emirates, helping customers meet their decarbonisation targets with high-performing electric power.

Demonstrating that more sustainable solutions are not just a promise for tomorrow, but a real innovation for today, the announcement of the arrival of these industry-leading electric machines to the UAE coincides with the government’s Year of Sustainability.

The electric machines are the perfect partner to decarbonise construction sites in the region while maintaining high levels of productivity. They deliver the same performance as their diesel variants but with the added benefit of near silence, fewer vibrations and a more comfortable work environment. Furthermore, they open up even greater business opportunities, as they are designed to help companies adhere to emission regulations.

Having proved their potential on a variety of construction sites around the world, their introduction to the UAE comes as more and more customers there are embracing the substantial benefits of electromobility and working towards zero emission jobsites.

Three units are coming to the country: the ECR25 Electric compact excavator, the 23-t EC230 Electric excavator and the 20-t L120 Electric wheel loader, showcasing that electric power comes in a range of sizes. They will soon begin working and testing on a customer site in the coming weeks.

The UAE government has called 2023 the Year of Sustainability and has committed to fostering innovative solutions to challenges such as climate change by inspiring collective action towards more sustainable practices.

As a world leading manufacturer, Volvo CE also understands the need for collective action and believes that through the development and commercialisation of its electric solutions it is not only helping to reduce its own environmental impact but that of its customers too. As such, it has set a goal to achieve net-zero value chain greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, with significant emission reductions as early as 2030.

Ilkay Fidan, Commercial Area Manager at Volvo CE, says: “We are proud to bring these reliable electric solutions to the UAE as part of our mission to ensure every corner of our industry can join us on this transformation journey and enjoy the many benefits of going electric. Together we can achieve a more sustainable way of working, while ensuring no compromise on power and performance.”

“I am thrilled to introduce Volvo’s cutting-edge zero-emission construction machines to the United Arab Emirates. This milestone marks our commitment to pioneering sustainable solutions in the construction industry. With the introduction of Volvo’s zero-emission technology, we are not only building for today but also laying the foundation for a cleaner and more sustainable tomorrow in the UAE’s construction sector,” says Ramez Hamdan, MD, Al-Futtaim Industrial Equipment (Famco & Commercial Vehicles).

All machines come with charging solutions allowing them to charge from 0 to 100% in under six hours. For the most accurate picture, Volvo dealers can calculate the expected operating time and optimum charging solution based on customers’ activities. With any of these machines, customers can operate in noise sensitive areas and out of standard hours, as well as low-carbon projects and indoors, without the need for costly fume extraction systems.


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