An Electric Mini Digger?
April 18, 2021
Heavy & Small Plant Hire, Plant Machinery, Mini Diggers, Dumpers, Skidsteers & Rollers, Hertford
Mini Diggers are some of the most popular and functional pieces of plant around, found on just about every building site in places like Hertford. The emphasis on reducing carbon emissions has resulted in developments towards green technology across many industries. Plant machinery is no exception, as demonstrated by the emergence of the UK’s first 100% battery powered mini excavator. The Volvo ECR25 Electric was purchased by Eurovia Contracting, and is the only one of it’s kind on the market.
Matt Stubbings, divisional manager of Eurovia Contracting said: “We’re on target to achieve a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, which is very significant for a company that has a high degree of self-delivery. “And the introduction of battery-powered machinery holds the key to achieving that goal. “It’s definitely a game changer, and we can’t wait to add larger, more powerful zero-emissions kit to our fleet.” Phil Skegg, Managing director said: “Urban operations will particularly benefit from noise reduction and zero emissions, and this will be the first of many for Eurovia.
A permanent magnet electric motor, is used to drive the excavator’s hydraulic system, supplied by a 48-volt lithium battery pack. The ECR25 Electric shares the same specifications as the diesel powered version, including zero tailswing. The motor performs to 18kW, reducing to 14.7kW when operating continually. The in-cab screen allows the operator to switch between work modes including standard, eco or boost settings.
This green energy excavator can go on for 4 hours when fully charged, and charging options can also be controlled. There are two choices for charging, by use of a 16-amp power source when charging overnight, or a fast 32 amp system which takes around 75minutes. Solar powered batteries can also be used which avoid reliance on diesel powered generators.
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