Volvo CE develops full power of electric ecosystem with E-Worksite

The E-Worksite research project has been running for two years across a variety of different applications

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) and partners are looking to explore every aspect of the electric ecosystem to help deliver a complete site solution for urban applications.

Launched in 2021, the Gothenburg, Sweden site is testing electric machines across different tasks within a demanding urban environment. It has now completed the development of a new recreation area within the major city park Farjenasparken and is currently working on the redesign of the Drottningtorget city square.


"We are already delivering electric solutions that offer zero exhaust emissions, reduced noise, and a much more comfortable work environment. This exciting partnership allows for a comprehensive investigation into the varied infrastructure and support system needs for electric machines to really perform to their best, no matter the task at hand," says Carolina Diez Ferrer, head of advanced engineering programs, at Volvo CE.

In this first phase, several electric machines already available to buy on the market are being put to the test, including the L25 Electric wheel loader and ECR25 Electric excavator, which are carrying out minor construction work, material moving and landscaping. A larger 30-tonne grid­ connected excavator will be tasked with more energy-demanding jobs at different construction sites, to start in early 2022.

Project planners say it is a complex puzzle to solve as there will be no one-size-fits-all. The findings will prove important not only for municipalities in deciding how to develop the appropriate legislation, but also for industry partners in bringing technical solutions to market - both in the immediate future and over the next two decades.  

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