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Volvo CE and partners mobile charging solutions for electric equipment

By Stephen Elliott

May 26, 2024

Volvo Construction EquipmentVolvo Construction Equipment charging solutions (Volvo CE), Shippensburg, Pa., Volvo Penta and two manufacturers of charging solutions launched two new products in the North American market. The mobile charging units are called the PU750 and PU130. The PU750 is designed for fast-charging larger equipment onsite without needing a converter, while the PU130 is a portable level 2 charger for compact machines.

“We all have a common goal to revolutionize the landscape of sustainable technology within the heavy equipment sector,” said Dr. Ray Gallant, vice president — sustainability and productivity services, Volvo CE. “Collaborating on these products allows us to make significant steps forward in the adoptability of electric machines.”

The PU750 was developed and built by Utility Innovation Group (UIG), Raleigh, N.C., in cooperation with Volvo CE and Volvo Penta and leverages the Volvo Group CAST (Common Architecture, Shared Technology) strategy.

“It’s not always clear what power availability you will have for charging on a job site, but this solution has been strategically developed to put our microgrid integration and GridSure™ expertise to work in order to dynamically adapt to all utility and on-site generation conditions,” said Derek Tugwell, president, UIG. “We’re really excited about how this solution will drive adoption of electrified off-road equipment and help drive decarbonization.”

The first-generation PU750 has enough energy to support three to four mid-size machines like the Volvo EC230 electric excavator through twin CCS1 connections before the 792 kWh Volvo-based batteries need to be recharged, the companies said.

The PU130 is based on Portable Electric’s, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, proprietary 48V direct current fast charging (DCFC) technology and provides the ability to charge equipment in less than an hour with 130 kWh of energy storage capacity and a 20 kW charge rate. In addition to charging equipment, the PU130 can simultaneously provide 40 kW of site power.

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