VCES named SENNEBOGEN Tree Care Dealer of the Year

At a recent trade show, Constantino Lannes, president of SENNEBOGEN LLC, awarded David Hill, president of Volvo Construction Equipment & Services (VCES) based in Corona, Calif., with eight branches across the state, the SENNEBOGEN Tree Care Industry Dealer of the Year.

In late 2019, VCES began representing SENNEBOGEN's tree care handling line.

"VCES's customer focus enterprise coupled with SENNEBOGEN's game changing tree care products and customer centric approach has resulted in a resounding success in this new but growing market," said Lannes

VCES has been representing SENNEBOGEN material handlers since 2015 and expanding the representation to tree care seemed natural. Hill said that the success in California was a true partnership and the support of SENNEBOGEN LLC provided to launch this product was first class.

"It wasn't just SENNEBOGEN trying to find representation for this product, but what SENNEBOGEN offered to support the market development seemed endless including experts, resources, product familiarization, and training. They were all in and so were we," Hill said.

"California had a problem," Hill continued. "Years of poor forest management practices coupled with increase threat to life and property posed by the states ever expanding fire season made the tree care line an excellent product to address both the clean-up effort and ongoing forest management program.

"Our safety-first culture, combined with SENNEBOGEN's solution designed, and manufactured to offer a safer solution to an industry with an inherit dangerous work environment resonated with us. Representing a product that provides a safer solution, with a purpose aligned with your own values provided a platform for success."

Brian Walter, VCES Northern California head of sales added "SENNEBOGEN's tree care machines offer a safer, more efficient and cost-effective solutions to address not only these big problems and projects that our president mentioned but also mid-sized tree care companies who are operating one or two crews using traditional tree removal practices.

"For these companies, the SENNEBOGEN tree care handlers are an industry game changer".

Hill feels that his team is able make inroads beyond the initial sale and having a strong product support organization has been critical to that.

"VCES has invested heavily in our product support team over the last three years. Our technicians working on SENNEBOGEN machines are highly recognized by our customer for their technical knowledge and craft.

"Our quality of staff is second to none, and the pride and skill our technician exhibit runs through the entire VCES organization."

"We have also invested significantly in parts inventory including the various Kits that SENNEBOGEN provides including Saw and Uptime Kits," Walter said. "These kits are critical to keeping these machines operating continuously and as such we actively promote and marketed at the time of machine sale.

"Beyond the sale of equipment, our team of PSSRs and parts CSR are working tirelessly to support keeping these machines supplied and operating in some of California's most remote and tough working environments."

Hill wrapped up by saying, "As you can see it started with SENNEBOGEN's innovative tree care handler and the support that we receive from the entire SENNEBOGEN organization, but VCES's own success is a result of a dedicated team of professionals taking care of our customer's needs through the entire lifecycle of the product."

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Volvo Construction Equipment Helps Customers See the Bigger Picture with Connected Map

Volvo Construction Equipment has unveiled their Connected Map solution, a positioning service which provides a visualized site overview for all machines - also non-Volvo machines - and vehicles on a site, accessible by personnel in the machines (via Volvo Co-Pilot or Android/iOS device) and in the office (via the Office Portal web platform).

Volvo Construction Equipment has unveiled their Connected Map solution, a positioning service which provides a visualized site overview for all machines - also non-Volvo machines - and vehicles on a site, accessible by personnel in the machines (via Volvo Co-Pilot or Android/iOS device) and in the office (via the Office Portal web platform).

How Efficiency Built A Successful Mining Business

Imagine growing a business from the ground up — from a single backhoe and dump truck to a full-fledged, multi-state operation employing over 400 people and running more than 250 pieces of heavy equipment day in and day out.

Now imagine accomplishing that feat in just 10 short years. That’s exactly what Mesa, Arizona-based Rango Inc., which was founded by Rodney George and Tim Rosengren, has done — and their path to success has efficiency written all over it.

“Back in 2012, our team specialized in supporting young mining companies who needed help safely ramping up production,” says Rango COO Jeff Logan. “Many of these companies were trying to make it on their own, and sometimes they didn't know a lot about mining. When things like safety and maintenance became too difficult to manage, we stepped in with our expertise and proved that efficient, safe earthmoving on a contract basis was a mutually beneficial endeavor — and as a result, more and more companies called on Rango.”

Today, the company is operating on more than 22 active sites in five states, including mine material transport at about 70% of the mines in the Permian Basin in western Texas. Other services they offer include reclamation work, construction jobs, heavy transport and mine management.

How to Size and Get the Most Out of Your Mining Excavators and Haulers

In mining, it’s important to match excavators to your haul trucks to lower your total cost of ownership (TCO) for these machines. If they’re mismatched, you’ll be inefficient and burn extra fuel. If you can mitigate that, you’ll lower your operating costs over time and start realizing higher profits as a result.

In this post, we’ve provided some tips to help you properly size your haulers and mining excavators, plus ways to ensure you’re getting the most of the construction and mining machines you run each day.

3 Tips to Keep Asphalt Compactors up to Speed with Pavers

Many paving projects use a common practice that contractors should avoid — rolling too fast with the breakdown compactor, especially when using a vibratory compactor. Many operators attribute excessive speed to the perceived need to keep up with the paver. But when this happens, contractors typically find out that one or more pavement density/smoothness tests fail to meet minimum road construction requirements. Oftentimes, the breakdown compactor operator is blamed.

It’s true that breakdown compaction must be accomplished while the mix has low enough viscosity to permit aggregate particle rearrangement that eliminates most of the voids in the pavement structure. Certainly, the compactor train needs to keep up with the average forward speed of the paver. There are also instances where the paver moves too fast for the asphalt roller to keep up.

Winter Prep: Construction Equipment Diesel Engine Do's and Don'ts

We all know winter can be hard on even the toughest machines. The good news is the issues — like hard starts, higher fuel consumption, less power output and more — are avoidable with the right preparation before the cold weather sets in.

Here are some of my top tips for construction equipment diesel engine winter prep:

How to Use Grade Control for Excavators - Volvo Dig Assist: Part 3

We’ve recently made some updates to our Dig Assist machine control system that improve performance, accuracy and safety for excavator operators of all skill levels. With Dig Assist, your operators can speed up their productivity, while maintaining accuracy to prevent unnecessary rework, which I covered in Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog series.

Several new features make it even faster and easier to create plans and put more information at your operators’ fingertips — and we did it all while maintaining the intuitive, easy-to-use aspects of the system.

Brubaker-Mann Inc. Invest in Sandvik Mobile Crushers and Screens for Continued Quality and Service

Brubaker-Mann based in California have been successfully producing colored rock from their quarries throughout the Mojave Desert for more than 50 years. Seeing the benefits of mobile versus stationary, they have been operating with Sandvik mobile crushers and screens and embracing the latest technology for almost 20 years.

Brubaker-Mann Inc. is a family-owned business which was established in 1950 by William Mann, and his cousin Ronald Brubaker for the production of colored rock. They own eight different quarries throughout the Mojave Desert and offer a large selection of natural rock colors including gold, green, white, pink, red and lilac all extracted from their different quarries. The end product is used by landscapers and homeowners for decorative and roofing purposes.

Operating initially with their own mill in Barstow, the material was transported to the quarry for processing. As demand grew, they constructed their own stationary crushing plant built from scrap metal, which enabled them to increase capacity and reduce physical labor. In the late ‘90s, Julie Mann, William’s successor and now President of Brubaker-Mann, decided it was time to invest in new plant to meet further increased demand. She quickly saw the benefits of mobile crushing and screening plant. They were able to move the equipment on site to the quarry face, as well as from quarry to quarry, instead of bringing the material to site. This reduced truck and haulage costs, as well as increasing production capacity and enabling a wider range of materials to be produced.

Purchasing a tracked jaw crusher, an Extec C-12, and an S-5 Doublescreen at that time, Brubaker-Mann have been impressed with the performance and operation of the machines over the years and have since replaced these, purchasing current variants of these models; the Sandvik QJ341 jaw crusher and two QA441 Doublescreens. They have also invested in a QH331 cone crusher to shape the material and produce a higher quality product.v

"It was the simplicty of the crushing and screening operation and the terrific production capability of the machines that initially confirmed our purchse. the equipment can be easly propelled around site providing an operator-friendly system that enables us to make quick and easy adjustments."

Brubaker-Mann is committed to complying with all environmental regulations and continually update their fleet to ensure compliance with new engine requirements. Sandvik mobile crushers and screens are fitted with the latest emissions-compliant drive trains for maximum performance and cost efficiency.

How to Use Grade Control for Excavators - Volvo Dig Assist: Part 2

In Part 1 of our Dig Assist series, I covered the three basics of Dig Assist Start — Level, Slope and Quick Measure. These features are easy to set up and use for improved operator performance. In this post, I’ll cover some of the advanced features you get with an upgrade to Dig Assist In-field Design and 3D.

By upgrading to In-field Design, upfront you get a few additional features compared to Dig Assist Start to enhance performance:

  • You can program up to 5 layers per task.
  • You can create a line to follow.
  • You can save your level and slope tasks.

Use This Prestart Checklist to Keep Your Articulated Hauler Truck in Good Shape

A thorough equipment walkaround before starting a shift can make a big difference, and it doesn’t need to take a lot of time. Every good articulated truck operator should establish a daily routine of prestart checks. Regular machine upkeep can ensure safety, while improving productivity and uptime.

Here is a basic checklist I recommend your crews review each time before they operate an articulated truck.

Productivity, Durbility and Serviceability: Meet Our New Short Swing Models

The ECR50 and ECR58 are ideal choices for those in need of a short-swing compact excavator that can work across a range of applications. The zero-tail-swing radius of the ECR50 and short-swing radius of the ECR58 enable the excavators to work in confined spaces while reducing the risk of damage.


Buying an Excavator? 11 Things to Consider During the Demonstration


Total Cost of Ownership (TCO): The initial purchase price is important, but it’s only one factor to determine how much buying an excavator can impact your earnings, plus what it will likely cost you to get the work done. Most dealers and manufacturers can help you determine the TCO of an excavator that will be working in specific applications. Make sure the excavator you go with will give you the biggest return on your investment for the time you intend to keep and run the machine.

Fuel Efficiency: If you can get the same amount of work done and burn less fuel doing it, that should be a factor in your decision-making process. Over time, fuel consumption can become a big number in your operating expenses, eating away at your profits. As a part of evaluating TCO, ask about operator features that adjust power for specific types of work. Volvo integrated work modes, for example, allow operators to get full power without running at full throttle, saving you on fuel costs.

Cycle Times: Check the cycle times to see how long it takes to lift from ground level to loading the truck and back. Be sure to use the same loading set up (same-level loading versus side loading, for example) to get accurate times. Cycle times are another factor to properly determine TCO of an excavator — you may learn that you can load more trucks faster, improving productivity (while lowering fuel consumption) over time.


VCE Introduces Two New Excavators in 50-Ton Class Size

Volvo Construction Equipment is entering the 50-ton class for excavators with two models — the EC530E and EC550E — that have digging and lifting forces normally found in 60-ton machines, giving contractors the performance they need to excel in heavy-duty digging, mass excavation and large-scale site preparation.

“When Volvo CE enters a new size class, we want to meet the needs of our customers while also making an impression,” said Sejong Ko, product manager, excavators, at Volvo CE. “We’ve done that with the EC530E and EC550E excavators. Contractors get the power of a larger machine at a lower weight, along with additional fuel-saving and uptime-enhancing features.”

The EC530E and EC550E feature the highest engine power in the class, providing high tractive force and swing torque. When coupled with large buckets, the EC530E and EC550E are perfectly suited to fill articulated haulers in the 30- to 40-ton class, requiring fewer passes to load them and reducing cycle times. This combination can boost productivity by up to 20%.

Also characteristic of bigger equipment is the super-rigid reinforced undercarriage, providing durability and strength. This is supported by equally sturdy lower and upper frames. The EC550E undercarriage has a long and wide lower frame, giving it extra stability when working with heavier loads. The undercarriage on the EC530E, meanwhile, shares the same transportation dimensions — and loading convenience — as Volvo’s 48-ton EC480E. Both machines’ boom and arm boast a larger pin size for added strength. Also, like all Volvo excavators, both models are backed by the Volvo Lifetime Frame and Structure Warranty, which covers the frame, boom and arm for the entirety of the initial ownership period. 


13 Features That Set Volvo Excavator Serviceability Apart


Volvo Excavators feature centralized greasing points on the arm for quick, easy maintenance. Competitors typically have multiple, separate greasing points.


A raised, thick and tight seal cover on Volvo excavators provides durability for a long service interval. Some competitors' cover is flush to the deck, allowing water in, and others are behind the boom cylinder mount, making it difficult to check for water.


The lube points on Volvo excavators are grouped together on the front of the superstructure, accessible from ground level. Some competitors have separate lube points on the front and back of the superstructure, requiring someone to crawl under or rotate the upper structure to reach the zerk.


Our filter is located at the rear of the cab away from contaminants, with a convenient pull-tab for quick replacement. Some competitor filters are located directly above the tracks, leading to rapid clogging from dirt.


The hand grip on Volvo excavators unlocks the engine hood easily and locks automatically. Some competitors require bending and reaching across the engine to access and unlock a latch.


Volvo excavators feature a wide-opening door and automatic locking system. Some competitors use a manual lock system or a lighter hinge with a pinch-point release latch.


Filling DEF is easier thanks to its location near the fuel fill and a filler neck position that simplifies refilling and helps avoid contamination. The urea tank filling point also features a splash guard with a drain hose. Many competitor filling ports are located under a step, making it difficult to access and fill.


Ours allows for easy, efficient draining of engine and hydraulic oil. The access to ports on several competitor models is located behind a heavy panel.


Our one-of-a-kind ActiveCare Direct service provides customers with simplified case alerts to easily address issues before they become bigger problems. Competitors still send confusing fault codes that don't really help you address the most urgent issues.


Our extended intervals give customers tangible cost savings in labor and materials while increasing machine uptime.


With Volvo, a fast fuel filling system can be easily installed in the field without disassembling or modifying the tank. Fast fuel filling systems reduce refueling time by 82% when compared to a pump.


Volvo excavators feature a lockout/tagout (LOTO) feature to ensure machines are properly shut off and unable to be started up again prior to the completion of maintenance or servicing work.


NATO jump-starter cables provide an easier and safer method of connecting and charging the batteries.

How to Use Grade Control for Excavators - Volvo Dig Assist: Part 1

We recently decided to make Dig Assist Start — the basic package in our Dig Assist portfolio of apps — standard on new Volvo models ranging from EC220E to EC480E. We believe it’s a powerful tool for both new and experienced operators. It’s incredibly easy to use and has a very short learning curve, but I know some of you may be skeptical of this kind of technology. That’s why I wanted to put together this blog series to show you how easy the full package of Dig Assist apps are to use and how much of an impact it can have on your productivity.

  • In Part 1, we’ll focus on Dig Assist Start — particularly how to level, slope and take quick measurements.
  • To learn how to follow a line or create excavation profiles direct from the cab, head over to Part 2: In-Field Design.
  • Part 3: Dig Assist Enhancements quickly lays out some recent enhancements we’ve made to the app that make it even faster and easier to use.

How Our Innovative "Unidrum" Concept Will Shape Future Compactor Design

Here at Volvo, we like to say innovation is in our DNA — that’s because it’s a part of everything we do, from concepts explored at our more formalized Volvo Concept Lab to current product design to blue-sky ideas that have true merit and make their way to market.

Over the years we’ve developed a number of forward-looking concepts, and the main logic is always the same — What’s possible? What could the future look like? How can we continue to reinvent our machines to increase productivity and efficiency for our customers?

I’m sure it’s exciting for our customers to see new concepts and to hear that we continue to look for ways to improve our product lines — but on a more practical level, it’s exciting and challenging for our engineers to pursue new ideas and technologies that they may not get the opportunity to do under normal development scenarios.

These concepts lead to conversations which oftentimes turn into other ideas, or some portions of the concepts can make their way into future product design. That’s exactly the case with our CX01 compactor concept, which we internally call the “unidrum.” Years of research and development have led to an awe-inspiring concept model that ultimately isn’t planned for market — but many of the learnings out of that endeavor will lead to better asphalt compactor design down the road.

Setting New Standards With the Volvo EWR130E

The EWR130E wheeled excavator delivers an outstanding machine performance wrapped up in an industry leading compact package.This 12-13t wheeled excavator embodies grace, power, poise, and strength. Click to see how the EWR130E sets the new standard when it comes to precision and performance. 


Electric Construction Equipment vs. Diesel Performance Comparisons


When it comes to power and performance, our ECR25 electric excavator and L25 electric wheel loader specifications are nearly identical to their diesel counterparts — almost line for line, every diesel model spec applies to the electric models. The few exceptions are a slight increase in continuous motor power and a marginally higher operating weight for the ECR25 electric excavator. And for the L25 electric wheel loader, it too has a marginally higher operating weight and a higher static tipping load compared to the diesel model.

A final difference between the L25 electric wheel loader models is that in North America, we’re not initially offering a high-speed version of the electric loader in order to better maintain the battery during a full workday. The maximum speed of the electric L25 wheel loader is set at 10 mph (16 kph). The good news is that for most applications, high speed isn’t required. It’s mainly necessary if you have an application where you need to drive from jobsite to jobsite without hauling the machine.


Reductions in noise and vibration are the result of removing the diesel engine and the cooling fan. In our pilot programs, we’re hearing over and over how less fatigued operators feel after several hours of work. Even in a top-of-the-line Volvo cab, operators are appreciating the difference of the smooth, quiet operation of electric construction equipment.

Just how much quieter are the electric machines compared to their diesel counterparts? On the ECR25 electric excavator, for example, exterior noise levels were reduced from 93 dB to 84 dB. If that doesn’t seem like a lot, then consider that a 10-decibel increase is perceived as twice as loud, and it represents a tenfold increase in sound intensity. By reducing the noise by 9 decibels, we’ve created an electric-powered construction machine that will sound two times quieter.


Volvo takes home four major EquipmentWatch awards

EquipmentWatch, the leading data researcher in the heavy equipment industry, recognized Volvo machines in three different categories of wheel loaders and one category of articulated haulers. Volvo large wheel loaders, medium wheel loaders and articulated haulers each earned the Highest Retained Value award, while Volvo compact wheel loaders earned the Lowest Cost of Ownership award.


Little-known Volvo features that improve operator performance

Did you know that Volvo machines are built with features designed to make operators more productive and help techs keep your machines up and running longer? Learn about some of the key profit-building features on Volvo excavators, haulers and wheel loaders that help you use your machines to their fullest potential.


End-of-Day Checklist for Construction Equipment

Regardless of the brand of heavy equipment you run, end-of-day inspections and maintenance are key to help ensure machines run properly the next day. Most days it only takes a few minutes — and the savings to your company could be fairly substantial.


Use this end-of-day heavy construction equipment checklist to safely inspect and maintain your machines at the end of each shift:

  1. Top off the fuel. When you mix hot fuel with cool air you end up with small amounts of water — and water in a fuel tank eventually leads to expensive downtime. At the end of a shift, always fill up your fuel tank. You’ll help eliminate condensation from forming in the tank, plus you’ll be ready to get to work first thing the next day.
  2. Refill the DEF tank. Diesel exhaust fluid doesn’t get hot like fuel, so you don’t have to worry about condensation, but it’s worth it to properly top off the DEF while you’re filling up the fuel tank. Just be sure not to confuse the fill holes.
  3. Lower hydraulic implements to the ground. Before you exit the cab, make sure booms and buckets are lowered to the ground. It’s an important safety factor while parking the machine to ensure no one walks under an unsupported hydraulic system. It also allows you to properly check the hydraulic oil at the end of your shift, as well as the next day.
  4. Let your machine idle for at least two minutes before shutting down. This will allow the turbo charger to cool down. A one-off hot shutdown isn’t likely to cause catastrophic damage, but if the practice becomes a habit, it can result in a blown turbocharger or irreparable damage to the engine. Volvo machines come with a delayed engine shutdown feature to help avoid costly hot turbo shutdowns.
  5. When exiting the machine, use three points of contact. A lot of injuries tend to be around slips, trips and falls getting on and off machines. Always have safety top of mind, even when you’re at the end of your shift.
  6. Turn the battery disconnect switch off.  The master disconnects on Volvo wheel loaders and excavators are ground level — on the articulated hauler, it’s located in the ignition key. If you accidentally forget to turn off your radio or lights, this simple step means nothing will be drawing from the batteries overnight.
  7. Perform a quick machine walkaround. Check out the tires or tracks to make sure there’s nothing in them and no excessive damage. If you’re running tracks and they’re full of mud, clean them out to prevent unnecessary wear and tear the next morning. This is especially critical if you’re working in wintertime — frozen mud in tracks can end up costing thousands in repairs. You’ll also want to check the hydraulics on the machine to ensure nothing is leaking. If there is a leak, you can have your nightshift mechanic take care of it before you return the next day.


A really a good pre- and post-trip machine inspection walkaround should take about three to five minutes. And as I mentioned before, those minutes can be incredibly valuable to your company in both repair cost savings and minimized downtime.

As an example, if you notice a leak on a hydraulic line and catch it early, the repair might only be a couple hundred dollars. But if you wait until it blows out, you now have to put all the hydraulic oil back in the machine. If you’re on an EPA-regulated site, you’ll also have to pay a cleanup crew to come in and clean up the spill. That’s all on top of the repairs, which can end up costing thousands of dollars.

Use these tips and you have a better shot at avoiding costly scenarios like this. For any days you might have to skip your end-of-day checklist, this excavator prestart checklist and articulated hauler prestart checklist are great to ensure your next day is a productive one right from the start.

Volvo Construction Equipment Announces First North American Electric Machines' Pilot Results

LOS ANGELES – SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 – Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) announced today the results of a pilot project testing the ECR25 Electric compact excavator and L25 Electric compact wheel loader in North America. Remarks were provided at a press event in Los Angeles alongside officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and customers who tested the machines.

For nearly a year, Volvo CE has been testing its battery-powered ECR25 Electric compact excavator and L25 Electric compact wheel loader with multiple customers on jobsites in Southern California with the goal of accelerating the deployment of zero-emission technologies for off-road vehicles. Both machines are zero-emission solutions that meet the high-performance standards of construction customers in a variety of applications, as proven through the recent testing scenarios. An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant administered by the South Coast AQMD provided funding for the project.

The pilot results come on the cusp of the company’s full roll-out of electric machines in these sizes, with customer deliveries of the ECR25 Electric expected in January 2022 and both units available throughout North America early in 2022. The company is the first to commercialize dedicated electric machines at the larger end of the compact size range.

“Our customer’s response to these machines validates that there is not only a desire for these types of machines in North America but a pull in many markets,” said Stephen Roy, President of Region North America, Volvo CE. “This just adds further momentum to the Volvo vision of offering machines that align with Science Based Targets and our overall commitment to decarbonization.”

Key learnings from the pilot

The pilot project confirms Volvo electric construction equipment matches performance and has significant benefits when compared to diesel machines in the same class.

“The California pilot project supports what we’ve seen on jobsites in Europe and elsewhere: our battery-electric compact excavator and compact wheel loader are viable alternatives to diesel equipment for construction fleets that want to reduce their carbon footprints,” said Melker Jernberg, President of Volvo CE. “Climate change is the biggest challenge of our time, we all have an important role to act, and by working together and collaborating we can reduce the amount of harmful emissions that are entering the atmosphere.”

Key findings:

Sustainability — Powered by lithium-ion batteries and producing zero emissions, the ECR25 and L25 compact electric machines proved themselves as environmentally sound options. They also allowed some of the customers to operate inside buildings and other structures where diesel exhaust is restricted.

  • Proof points: Based on the combined 400 operating hours of electric machine use during the year-long pilot, there was a reduction of 6 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and an approximate savings of 560 gallons of fuel with an estimated cost of $2,400, when comparing diesel machine use at the same amount of hours.

Noise — There was significantly lower noise levels compared with diesel equipment, reducing noise pollution and improving jobsite communication and safety by making it easier for crew members to hear each other. The testers said the machines could allow them to work in sound-sensitive areas.

  • Proof points: Lowered exterior noise levels by 9 decibels (dBA) on the ECR25 Electric compact excavators compared to their diesel counterparts, which represents a 90% decrease in sound power. The L25 Electric compact wheel loader sees a similar reduction in sound power, which is a measurement of noise radiating from a source.

Performance — The Volvo electric machines have similar specifications to their diesel equivalents, and pilot project participants said that in practice the performance matched that of diesel machines. There also was positive feedback on the decreased maintenance needs of the electric machines, which don’t require maintenance items such as oil, oil filters and diesel particulate filters. The need for a diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tank is also eliminated.

  • Proof points: Matched performance in several key areas, including digging depth and breakout force on the excavator and tipping load and dump height on the wheel loader.

Charging  The project was an enabler for adaptations to the machines to make them compatible with the North American power grid. The higher current available on the U.S. power grid compared with Europe was found to be a benefit to charging. The Volvo CE pilot project confirmed the importance of having access to quality charging connections. However, traditional power sources aren’t always required. Baltic Sands, for example, installed a solar array for its work in the desert.

  • Proof points: Between the two machines, over 200 charge cycles were completed using 240-volt AC grid power, fast charging, mobile power sources and solar power.

“These electric construction equipment produce no tailpipe emissions and protect the health of neighboring communities,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Air and Radiation Division Director Elizabeth Adams. “In order to attain the national air quality standards and fight climate change, we need to aim for vehicles and equipment that produce near-zero emissions.”

Pilot project partners

The L25 Electric compact wheel loader and ECR25 Electric compact excavator were used by four organizations in a variety of applications:

  • The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), for trenching, grading and clearing of drainage areas.
  • Casper Company, which specializes in demolition, concrete cutting and environmental services, for utility and demolition work, including inside buildings.
  • Baltic Sands Inc., which specializes in environmentally sensitive, off-grid property development, for excavation, grading, moving material and numerous other tasks in housing construction.
  • Waste Management, a waste disposal and recycling company, for light waste handling.

“Over the three months we tested, these machines performed exceptionally — matching what we would expect from a diesel machine of equal size but with no emissions,” said Jacques Marais, Director, Baltics Sands. “We are excited to be one of the early adopters in applying electric equipment to our business and I have a sincere belief that this is the future.”

Applying the learnings and Volvo CE future priorities

Volvo CE continues to compile data and will submit full reports on the project to the South Coast AQMD and EPA.

Volvo CE will apply the learnings to future research and development of battery-electric vehicles. Points of emphasis will be to continue to enhance the run times of machines, optimize the onboard charging systems and continue to explore alternative charging methods for jobsites without readily available access to charging stations.

Prebooking of the ECR25 Electric compact excavator and L25 Electric compact wheel loader for North American customers is open now for those who want to be among the first to own the machines when delivery begins in early 2022.

Additionally, Volvo CE will continue to develop the electrification of other sizes and types of machines.

Volvo CE is committed to developing electrification options and providing other more sustainable equipment across their entire line of products. To support this effort, Volvo CE will continue to pursue additional grant opportunities and strategic partnerships, such as the recently announced CEMEX collaboration, in their roadmap to provide sustainably powered construction equipment across North America.




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Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology

SandvikMining and Rock Technology appoints Volvo Construction Equipment Services (VCES) as new distributor of mobile crushers and screens for northern California

Volvo Construction Equipment Services will be supplying Sandvik’s comprehensive range of mobile crushing and screening equipment and full aftermarket support for customers in the states located north of the San Bernardino line, effective from April 1, 2020.

With more than 30 years’ expertise, four locations positionednorth of the San Bernardino line and over 75 service personnel and 14 salespersons, Volvo Construction Equipment & Services (VCES) is an ideal new member of the Sandvik distributor network in the USA. David Hill, President for VCES is committed to providing the best products and services at all times. "The appointment of VCES as a Sandvik dealer will have an immediate positive impact on the business in terms of product diversification to the existing market sectors we serve. Sandvik products align well with other OEMs we represent and the segments we serve including building materials and infrastructure segments. Many of VCES current customers operate in quarrying, batching plants and other industries in which Sandvik has a presence. We recognize Sandvik as a respectable and reputable brand in the global market and would like to thank them for their confidence in VCES and for giving us an opportunity to represent them in northern California.

With this appointment Sandvik reinforces its commitment to providing local customer support, while at the same time allowing customers to benefit from dealing with a global company. Jan Schroeder, Territory Manager America, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology Mobile Crushers and Screens, says “we are very excited to start our partnership with Volvo in Northern California. The market has always been one of the strongest in the US and we are happy to have a distributor who has the set up to represent our brand in this promising environment. With their strong position in our core segments such as quarries and demolition sites we have a great partner to offer technical solutions and a tight logistical network close to our customers.”

The EW200E Material Handler - Purpose Built for Waste and Recycling

Lift with precision using the specially-designed boom and arm. Experience instant response, thanks to the optimized hydraulics system and joysticks, providing you with an array of functions at your fingertips. Move more with less with the Volvo EW200E Material Handler. 



Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is partnering with Baltic Sands Inc. out of Yucca Valley, California, to pilot two of its compact electric machines — the ECR25 Electric excavator and L25 Electric wheel loader. The goal? To see how these machines perform and hold up in a remote, rugged desert environment.

Baltic Sands specializes in environmentally sensitive, luxury off-grid property development and real estate, developing homes with a focus on sustainability and unique design enhanced by the surrounding environment.

The company primarily works in remote desert locations where power, water and utilities aren’t simply scarce — they’re nonexistent. While the lack of a power grid initially presented a challenge with daily charging of electrically powered equipment, it didn’t stop Company Director Jacques Marais and his team from continuing their pursuit of developing environmentally responsible housing with environmentally responsible equipment. They never hesitated to become early adopters of electromobility.



Saving you time and money with 1,000-hour oil intervals

Did you know Volvo recently released new oil change filters that extend drain intervals to 1000 hours for articulated haulers, wheel loaders and excavators. Longer intervals can save you up to 50% on maintenance costs and planned downtime without compromising component performance or longevity. Lengthening the time between drain intervals gives you tangible cost savings in labor and materials while increasing machine uptime. Reducing the frequency of oil changes also has employee safety, environmental and sustainability impacts.

8 Reasons Why Operators Love Their Volvos

These 8 features make running a Volvo excavator truly unique:


With Volvo excavators, engine RPM and work mode are integrated into one dial, which simplifies operation and ensures maximum power with minimal fuel burn. Competitors typically have two sets of dials for engine RPM and work modes, allowing the operator to potentially burn more fuel than is necessary for the task.


Automated boom and bucket movements make the digging process more efficient and more accurate with less effort. Operators simply set the grade, push the button and get the work done — all controlled using a single lever.


With Volvo, functions such as wipers, cameras and auto-mute can be assigned a shortcut button on the joystick, allowing the operator to have control over multiple functions without removing their hands from the joystick or their eyes from the job. Most competitors don’t offer shortcut functionality.


This Volvo feature helps avoid costly hot turbo shutdowns. If a machine is turned off without proper idle time, the excavator will automatically run for a couple minutes before shutting down, allowing operators to simply turn the key and walk away.


Powered by the Volvo Co-Pilot in-cab display and incorporating sensors and the latest GPS technology, Dig Assist delivers incredible excavation accuracy in a fraction of the time that conventional methods require. An On-Board Weighing option provides real-time insights into the bucket’s load for optimal loading.


Bluetooth functionality in Volvo excavators allows for hands-free communication. A remote keypad is also conveniently located on the right console. Many competitors don’t offer Bluetooth functionality, and the location of the radio isn’t always convenient.


A cleaner cab environment is a more enjoyable one. Volvo cabs feature a HEPA cabin air filter to dramatically reduce dust, exhaust and other contaminants from jobsites so operators can breathe easy.


Our deluxe seat features adjustable height, tilt, recline, forward-back settings, a retractable seat belt and selectable horizontal suspension for reduced whole-body vibration.

Electric Construction Equipment: Your Charging Questions Answered

I get a lot of questions related to electric construction equipment, and the topic of machine charging seems to be the most prevalent.

Below I’ve provided answers to some of the more common questions I hear. And of course, if you have additional questions related to charging electric construction equipment, please send them to me in the comments section at the bottom of this post and I’ll get back to you. 

Written by Lars Arnold – Electromobility Product Manager for North America