Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has unveiled its latest addition to its growing portfolio of electric machines, and first in its road segment, the DD25 Electric asphalt compactor.
The company plans to showcase the machine at CONEXPO 2023 in Las Vegas, and it is expected to be available on select markets from Q1 2024.
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A compact double-drum asphalt compactor, the DD25 Electric is a zero-exhaust emission solution for small scale compaction projects including street repairs and patching, parking lots, driveways, municipalities and rental houses
According to Volvo CE, this introduction is an important milestone in the company’s journey toward electromobility and its ambition to build a more sustainable construction future.
“As a global leader in construction solutions, delivering premium products and services, we not only have a responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint, but we are committed to leading the way and providing real-life solutions for our customers that will help them meet their own sustainability goals,” said Ray Gallant, vice president of product management and productivity at Volvo CE North America. “We are proud to expand our portfolio of electric machines and extend our offering to the road segment.”
Paving the way for zero emissions
The electric driveline of the DD25 Electric is based upon the same proven architecture and components found on Volvo CE’s ECR25 Electric compact excavator and L25 Electric compact wheel loader.
Its zero-emission operation makes the DD25 Electric ideal for sensitive or urban environments with strict emission regulations and for organizations who are looking to meet their own sustainability goals.
Also, zero tailpipe emissions means a cleaner and more enjoyable work environment for operators, site teams and passers-by.
Expected to operate for a full shift on a single charge, depending upon the type of job and intensity of the work cycle, the DD25 Electric has the same charging solutions as its forerunners, the ECR25 Electric and L25 Electric, allowing customers to choose the right solution depending on their operational requirements.
The machine comes with an integrated on-board charger which enables charging from 0 to 100% in as little as three hours depending on AC power level. With an optional off-board DC fast charger this can be achieved in little over an hour, and this also offers a practical solution to top-up the machine’s charge during the lunch break.
Combining the Volvo Asphalt Compactor platform with battery power, the DD25 Electric offers 24 kW of available power, 30% more than the conventional Volvo DD25B. The result is a more responsive machine in terms of speed and vibrations, which performs better on grade, thanks to the size of its components, and better at high elevations, when compared to a diesel machine which loses power as you increase altitude.
360-degree visibility and high-frequency compaction allow operators to achieve a smooth finish asphalt surface with speed. Frequency can be adjusted from 3500 vpm, 55 Hz to 4000 vpm and 67 Hz, to cater for different applications.