Volvo Construction Equipment unveiled its latest concept machine, an electric compact wheel loader – known as the LX2 – to industry specialists, policymakers and academics at the fourth Volvo Group Innovation Summit in Berlin, Germany.
This second-generation LX2 prototype is part of a research project that is not commercially available. To make the machine electric, the combustion engine has been replaced with a lithium ion battery. This stores enough electric energy to operate the machine for eight hours in its most common applications, such as light infrastructure construction and landscaping.
The LX2 also incorporates two dedicated electric motors, one for the drivetrain and one for the hydraulics. Decoupling the subsystems has led to higher efficiency in both systems and the entire machine.
“The LX2 is a revolutionary zero-emissions prototype that offers improved efficiency and lower operational costs, without compromising on machine performance,” said a company spokesman. “It incorporates the latest advanced chemistry battery technology. As it’s electric, no particulate matter, nitrogen oxide or carbon dioxide are released into the environment. This, together with the fact that it has extremely low noise levels, makes it ideal for use in cities and densely populated areas.”
Volvo CE also demonstrated its EX2 fully-electric compact excavator prototype, which delivers zero emissions, 10 times higher efficiency, 10 times lower noise levels and reduced total cost of ownership compared to its conventional counterparts.
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Fuel Efficiency Service options like the Fuel Efficiency Guarantee or Engine Auto Shut Down can lower operating costs.
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