The new-generation EC400 excavator was on display at Volvo Days alongside the EC500 and EC230.

At the recent Volvo Days 2024 held in Eskilstuna, Sweden, leading construction equipment manufacturer Volvo CE demonstrated its ambition to lead in sustainability and productivity by presenting pioneering launches and a fresh solutions-based approach.

In line with Volvo CE’s multi-pronged technology approach to meet varied customer needs, the company unveiled a new generation of innovative excavators, the Volvo EC500, EC400 and EC230. The range, which also includes the EC210 and ECR145, has been equipped with intelligent technology in a new electro-hydraulic system and improved human machine interface (HMI), and designed for increased fuel efficiency, productivity, safety, and total cost of ownership.

Commenting on the event, Head of Volvo CE Melker Jernberg said: “The construction industry is changing and we at Volvo CE do not want to just take part in the change, we want to lead it. Volvo Days 2024 is a landmark event where we unveil our most ambitious and biggest product line-up of both conventional and electric products.”

Also among the displays at Volvo Days was an exclusive sneak peek at the all-new A40 coming later in the year, building on Volvo CE’s rich legacy as an industry pioneer of articulated haulers, and the launch of the R60 and R70 rigid haulers, signalling an expansion of hauling options for customers.

Jernberg ... leading the change.

Jernberg ... leading the change.

Just like other conventional Volvo CE machines, the new additions to the portfolio can be powered by renewable HVO100 (hydrogenated vegetable oil), which significantly reduce carbon emissions compared to traditional diesel, said the company.

Joakim Arndorw, Head of Sales Region International, said: “These new ranges, alongside our electric solutions, prove that Volvo CE is well-equipped to respond to the different needs of our customers in both regulated and less regulated markets, leveraging our strength to implement meaningful innovation across all our offerings as we move closer towards our ambition for net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.”

On top of a modernisation of its conventional offerings, Volvo CE is again delivering on its pledge to lead the industry transition towards fossil-fuel free construction with several exciting electric introductions in the mid-size segment.

Alongside previously launched electric solutions such as the 23-ton EC230 Electric excavator and cable-connected EW240 Electric MH, the company presented an array of new battery electric equipment. These include the EWR150 Electric, the first of Volvo’s electric wheeled excavators, and the L90 Electric and L120 Electric wheel loaders, scheduled for stepwise introductions from late 2024 in limited volumes across selected markets.

They are supported by its broadest range of charging solutions yet with the launch of the PU40 mobile power unit, for compact equipment, available across select markets and a welcome addition to the already available PU500 mobile power unit. Also demonstrating Volvo CE’s dedication to securing a reliable electric ecosystem is the new My Equipment digital app, to help customers manage the charging process more efficiently.

One of the most significant changes in this year’s Volvo Days was a shift away from siloed products and services towards total solutions – tailored to customer needs, no matter where they are on their decarbonisation journey, so that they can take on new challenges and opportunities with the support they need. Another new focus was on construction segments, allowing customers to see how Volvo solutions can be holistically packaged to deliver the highest possible performance across their specific applications, from building and utilities to quarries and aggregates.

The event also highlighted the strength of the Volvo Group with a number of collaborations, all of which have been designed to accelerate innovation and aid the industry transformation. For example, Volvo Financial Services was there to showcase how it is customising financial offerings to meet the specific needs of its customers, while Volvo Trucks joins to demonstrate its impressive electric portfolio.