Going Electric: First Volvo L25 Loader Enters Australia

18 May, 2024
By Waddah Taweel
Going Electric: First Volvo L25 Loader Enters Australia

The construction landscape in Australia is about to experience a significant shift in the coming years, as the adoption of all-electric construction equipment is on the rise. Starting from the last few days of last year, when the first all-electric Volvo L25 wheel loader was delivered to Australian contractor Allworks. As industries worldwide lean towards greener solutions, and having seen lessons learned in Europe, North America, and Japan, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is leading the charge in the heavy equipment sector by delivering their first zero-emission wheel loader to Australian shores.

What Does the Volvo L25 Electric Mean for Australian Construction?

Volvo CE's L25 Electric wheel loader marks the beginning of the construction industry's journey towards decarbonization. Recently delivered to Allworks WA Pty Ltd, this machine represents a leap towards achieving a zero-emission jobsite. The introduction of the L25 and other electric models like the EC18, ECR18, and ECR25 excavators, as well as the L20 wheel loader, hints at Volvo CE's expansion into the market with environmentally-friendly machines to transform industry standards globally.

Bertrand Collette, Head of Market Area Oceania at Volvo CE, said: “We are proud to demonstrate that sustainable solutions are not just a promise for tomorrow, but a real innovation for today. Having already proved their strength in other global regions, these reliable electric solutions are set to ensure customers in Australia can deliver on their decarbonization ambitions without any impact on productivity.”

Can the L25 Electric Keep up with Traditional Loaders?

Despite skepticism about electric machinery's performance, the L25 Electric wheel loader demonstrates that you can have both eco-friendliness and high productivity. Engineered on Volvo's tried and tested compact wheel loader platform, this model boasts a dual motor system—one 29.5 hp electric drive motor for travel and an 18.7 hp motor for hydraulic functions. This setup ensures efficient power distribution and promises reliable performance without a dip in output.

Volvo CE offers full CCS DCFC (Combined Charging System Direct Current Fast Charge) support
Volvo CE offers full CCS DCFC (Combined Charging System Direct Current Fast Charge) support

Charging Solutions: Addressing the Big Concerns

One major hurdle for electric machinery adoption is the perceived inconvenience of charging. Volvo CE addresses this with robust solutions, offering full CCS DCFC (Combined Charging System Direct Current Fast Charge) support, akin to those found in electric vehicles. This enables the machine to be recharged during brief downtimes such as lunch breaks or between shifts, effectively minimizing downtime. For sites without direct grid access, Volvo is exploring alternative charging solutions.

FAQs about the Topic

Electrification in the context of construction and heavy equipment is almost always met with skepticism and scrutiny. Here are some of the most common questions people ask about “green machines”, with the advent of the L25 Electric operating in Australia today:

Will the L25 Electric compromise on power compared to diesel models?

The L25 Electric is designed to deliver comparable power and performance to its diesel counterparts. For example, its performance during a full workday does not lag behind its diesel counterparts, thanks to its efficient electric motors and fast-charging capability.

What are the long term benefits of opting for an electric loader like the L25?

Beyond reducing emissions, electric loaders like the L25 benefit operators with lower maintenance costs, and significantly quieter operation, enhancing suitability for urban and indoor projects.

What are the technical specs of the Volvo L25 electric wheel loader?

The compact Volvo L25 Electric wheel loader boasts an operating weight between 4.9 to 5.2 metric tons, a standard general purpose bucket capacity just below 1 m3, and a combined power output of 48 horsepower. Take a look at the following table for more tech specs:

Electric motor drive

29.5 hp

Electric motor working hydraulics

18.77 hp

Tipping load

3,350 kg

Breakout force

54.5 kN

Lifting capacity

55 kN

Max dumping height

2,495 mm

Max speed

20 km/h

Battery voltage

40 kWh

On board charging time (400 VAC 16A)

Approx. 6 hours

Off board charging time (400 VAC 32A)

Approx. 2 hours

Average runtime (based on application)

Up to 8 hours

With the first delivery of the L25 Electric wheel loader to Australia, Volvo is not just promising a greener future but is actively placing efficient, emission-free machinery into the hands of Australian businesses. This initiative is set to transform the construction industry by proving that environmental responsibility can go hand in hand with operational efficiency. As more businesses adopt these technologies, the benefits of electric construction equipment will become more evident, driving further adoption. Will the same apply to the GCC and greater Middle East any time soon? There’s a lot of talk going on about the UAE leading in this arena, especially after COP28 took place last year, yet, with the lack of strict emissions regulations in the region, it’s safe to say that electrification in the area will not happen overnight.

News Equipment