23-tonne Volvo EC230 Electric excavator set for UK public debut

SMT will use Hillhead 2024 to launch the new 23-tonne Volvo EC230 Electric excavator to the UK market.

The model is Volvo CE’s first fully electric model in the mid-sized excavator category, opening up the benefits of zero-exhaust emissions and quiet operation to a broader range of applications.

Hillhead visitors will be able to see the Volvo EC230 Electric in action in the exhibition’s demonstration zone. Working alongside a Volvo L120H Electric Conversion wheeled loader and a fully electric truck from Volvo Trucks, this trio showcases the manufacturer’s commitment to sustainability.

“At SMT, we are committed to helping our customers work towards and achieve net zero – and we believe that journey starts today, by optimising your current site and fleet,” said John Lawrence, product manager for site solutions at SMT. “With our range of customisable solutions for your site and operators, SMT can assist in continuous improvement across your operations. By targeting key areas that affect cost and emission output, we can help you reduce your carbon footprint and help you achieve your sustainability targets.”

Among these solutions, SMT will showcase Site Simulation, which uses drone technology to create a digital twin of a site. This replica can be analysed to suggest a bespoke plan for improvement.

SMT revealed it also recognises that options to increase machine service life and reduce costs are becoming increasingly significant. The firm will showcase a fully rebuilt wheeled loader on its stand to exemplify the level of care and support the team provides to extend the life of construction equipment and offer sustainable fleet maintenance solutions.

Machine control systems have been another invaluable development in recent years. SMT has offered Volvo Co-Pilot with Dig Assist – Volvo CE’s proprietary machine control system – for a number of years. Recognising this system may not be suitable for everyone, the dealer also offers Unicontrol, a retrofittable 3D machine control system that can fit into contractors’ existing fleets. At Hillhead, SMT representatives will be on hand to showcase Unicontrol’s latest offerings and answer machine control-related queries.

Nick Allen, SMT’s CEO in Britain, added, “The road to net zero is a journey, not a destination and SMT is here to walk that path with you. With our comprehensive suite of solutions – from electric machinery, through site efficiency services and machine control systems, to machine rebuilds and used parts and equipment – we’re ready to empower you to achieve your sustainability goals. Join SMT in leading the way, together.”