Volvo CE and Beam bundle electric machines with off-grid chargers

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Beam Global has announced a partnership with Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) that allows Volvo CE’s 245 North American dealer locations to bundle Beam EV ARC off-grid charging systems with a purchase of Volvo electric equipment.

This joint offering enables construction sites to rapidly deploy EV charging, without the requirement for electrical work, utility grid connections or fossil fuel generators, to power zero-emissions construction equipment that runs on the sun and does not generate a utility bill.

“The construction industry has the opportunity to future-proof its business against noise, carbon emissions regulations and volatile fossil fuel costs by adopting electric machines,” said Beam Global CEO Desmond Wheatley. “By providing our sustainable EV charging systems alongside Volvo’s best-in-class electric machines, we are enabling that transition in the fastest, cleanest and most scalable manner available. We’re proud to partner with Volvo CE in electrifying the construction business.”

Volvo CE currently offers five models of electric machines in North America, the L20 and L25 Electric wheel loaders, and the EC18, ECR18 and ECR25 Electric excavators.

Now, Volvo dealers can bundle transportable, off-grid solar EV charging systems with electric machine orders.

Together, the EV ARC and Volvo electric machines produce zero emissions, significantly reduce noise levels and lower energy costs, making them ideal for construction sites where emissions regulations, noise ordinances or the risks of indoor air pollution limit the use of diesel generators and construction equipment.

The United Nations Environment Programme found that the buildings and construction industry accounted for 38% of global carbon emissions in 2019.

Over the last few years, many governments have set their sights on achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and electric machinery could be an essential part of hitting these goals.

So, residential and commercial builders and equipment rental companies are likely to add electric vehicles to their fleets.

Governmental organisations in North America, such as the US Department of the Interior and the US Department of Agriculture already use electric machines in remote, environmentally sensitive areas.

“The Volvo CE line of zero-emissions construction equipment can now be charged with a zero-emissions energy source provided by the EV ARC. Beam Global shares our vision to electrify mobility worldwide, a critical step towards mitigating climate change and reducing noise and air pollution,” said Ray Gallant, vice president of product management and productivity at Volvo CE. “The construction industry is ready for an energy transition that reduces emissions and improves machinery’s performance, longevity and usability. We’re committed to an electric future and view Beam Global as a strategic partner on this journey.”

According to Volvo CE, Beam Global’s EV ARC is the fastest-deployed and lowest-cost EV charging system on the market and is the ideal solution for Volvo CE’s electric machines.

The EV ARC system can be set up and ready to use in minutes and is fully autonomous, meaning it generates, stores and delivers electricity independent of the grid. Whether the project is in a remote nature preserve or a densely populated city with strict zoning rules, the solar-powered EV ARC can be deployed without any electrical work or permitting.