First zero-emission construction machines, including 23t EC230 Electric excavator, will be in customer hands in the UAE in coming weeks
In a significant move aligned with the government’s Year of Sustainability, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has introduced its pioneering electric construction machines to the UAE, marking a major step towards decarbonising construction sites in the region.
The launch of these electric machines, including the ECR25 Electric compact excavator, the 23-ton EC230 Electric excavator, and the 20-ton L120 Electric wheel loader, demonstrates Volvo CE’s commitment to sustainable construction practices. These machines offer the same performance as their diesel counterparts but with additional benefits such as near silence, reduced vibrations, and a more comfortable working environment. They are not only environmentally friendly but also comply with stringent emission regulations, opening up new business opportunities.
These electric units have already demonstrated their efficiency on various global construction sites. Their introduction in the UAE is timely, as the region increasingly embraces electromobility and aims for zero-emission job sites. The UAE government’s focus on sustainability in 2023 further underscores the significance of this introduction.
Volvo CE has set ambitious targets to reduce its environmental impact, aiming for net-zero value chain greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 and significant reductions by 2030. Ilkay Fidan, Volvo CE’s Commercial Area Manager, emphasized the company’s mission to enable the industry’s transition to electric solutions, ensuring power and performance without environmental compromise.
Ramez Hamdan, Managing Director of Al-Futtaim Industrial Equipment (Famco & Commercial Vehicles), expressed excitement about introducing Volvo’s zero-emission construction machines to the UAE. “This introduction is not just about today’s construction needs but also about shaping a sustainable future for the UAE’s construction sector,” he said.
The electric machines come equipped with charging solutions that enable a full charge in under six hours. Volvo dealers can provide customized calculations for optimal operating time and charging based on specific customer activities. These machines are ideal for operation in noise-sensitive areas, during non-standard hours, and for indoor projects without the need for expensive fume extraction systems.
The arrival of these electric construction machines in the UAE is a milestone in the construction industry’s journey towards sustainability and aligns with the nation’s vision for a greener future. This initiative is expected to set a new standard in the industry, leading the way for more sustainable construction practices.