Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has developed a solution to convert the L120 wheel loader to electric. Developed in conjunction with partners – Parker Hannifin and converted by Volvo Group’s own CE Engineering Solutions – the 20-ton L120H Electric Conversion will be commercially available for selected customers in Europe during 2023.
The electric conversion model will deliver the same performance with zero emissions.
The latest collaboration to expand its line of electric wheel loaders follows Volvo CE’s investment in Dutch manufacturer Limach, announced back in June, to broaden the company’s electric excavator portfolio.
This partnership approach happens in parallel with the company’s continued development of more electric solutions – like the EC230 Electric, a 23-ton battery electric excavator, built on Volvo CE’s own advanced technology.
“There is no time to wait – we need to deliver solutions that allow our customers to achieve their decarbonization goals. Change starts here. Our commitment to partnership allows us to take a leading position in transforming our industry, with electric solutions that are built to fulfil market demand and tailored to suit the changing needs of our customers. Working together, we are scaling up our portfolio of electric machines, extending the versatility of our range and transforming our industry towards a carbon neutral future," said Carl Slotte, head of sales region Europe at Volvo CE.
The L120H Electric Conversion delivers the same performance as its diesel counterpart, but with zero exhaust emissions and near silent operation.
Powered by 240 kWh batteries, it provides a runtime of approximately five hours in most medium-duty applications. It is estimated to charge from 0-100% in just 1.5 to two hours.
With the L120H Electric Conversion, customers can use the following features as standard: Comfort Drive Control, Load Assist with On-Board Weighing and radar detection with the new Collision Mitigation System. In addition, the L120H Electric Conversion will be supported by dedicated electromobility applications which allow the operator to check battery and charging status and to preheat the cab.