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Swedish consortium joins initiative to electrify U.S. construction industry

By Stephen Elliott

October 8, 2023

Volvo Construction EquipmentSwedish consortium electrifies U.S. equipment (Volvo CE), Eskilstuna, Sweden, Atlas Copco Group, Nacka, Sweden, and Husqvarna Construction, Jonsered, Sweden, are teaming up with the Sweden-US Green Transition Initiative to showcase fully electrified construction of green infrastructure in the U.S.

The initiative is a collaborative program founded by Business Sweden, the Embassy of Sweden in USA, the Swedish Energy Agency, and Sweden’s innovation agency Vinnova. With the aim of demonstrating the potential of electrified construction equipment, the consortium will initially focus on the construction of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in the U.S., utilizing exclusively electrified machines. This marks the first-ever collaboration of its kind among these companies.

“The future of construction equipment is electric. There may not be an electric alternative for every application yet, but in Atlas Copco Group, we already have a wide range of electric solutions available and are committed to further developments. We are proud to be delivering real-world solutions to help our customers and their customers adopt a more energy efficient way of working,” says Bert Derom, president, Atlas Copco Portable Air Division.

“We look forward to contributing our expert knowledge along with equipment and diamond tools from the light construction industry to support this journey toward creating low CO2 emission construction sites. This partnership is a great opportunity to show how we can support the construction industry to lower its fossil dependency,” says Karin Falk, president, Husqvarna Construction.

“Volvo CE is advancing sustainable power in the construction industry with our lineup of low- and zero-emission heavy equipment, yet we know collaboration will be critical to bring about the type of holistic change that is truly needed,” says Ray Gallant, vice president, product management and productivity, Volvo CE North America. “We’re excited to join other well-respected, like-minded companies to demonstrate how these green alternatives can be used to help deliver the infrastructure improvements we need.”

The Sweden-US Green Transition Initiative aims to accelerate Swedish American collaboration in the transition toward a low-carbon economy. Since the opening of its Washington, D.C., office in November 2022, it has established pilot projects that showcase innovative solutions, with the goal of paving the way for a green transition. With support from the Embassy of Sweden in USA, Business Sweden, the Swedish Energy Agency, and Vinnova, the initiative promotes more sustainable solutions in various sectors.