Swedish automaker Volvo and Beam Global announced Tuesday a partnership to enable solar-powered sites at Volvo CE’s 245 North American dealer locations to rapidly deploy EV charging.
The sites have no requirement for electrical work, utility grid connections or fossil fuel generators to power zero-emissions construction equipment that are solar-powered avoiding to generate a utility bill.
Volvo CE currently offers five models of electric machines in North America, the L20 and L25 Electric wheel loaders, and the EC18, ECR18 and ECR25 Electric excavators.
“The construction industry has the opportunity to future-proof its business against noise, carbon emissions regulations and volatile fossil fuel costs by adopting electric machines,” said Beam Global CEO Desmond Wheatley. “By providing our sustainable EV charging systems alongside Volvo’s best-in-class electric machines, we are enabling that transition in the fastest, cleanest and most scalable manner available. We’re proud to partner with Volvo CE in electrifying the construction business.”
“The Volvo CE line of zero-emissions construction equipment can now be charged with a zero-emissions energy source provided by the EV ARC. Beam Global shares our vision to electrify mobility worldwide, a critical step towards mitigating climate change and reducing noise and air pollution,” said Ray Gallant, VP Product Management and Productivity at Volvo CE.
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“The construction industry is ready for an energy transition that reduces emissions and improves machinery’s performance, longevity and usability. We’re committed to an electric future and view Beam Global as a strategic partner on this journey,” Gallant added.
Beam Global’s EV ARC, the fastest deployed and lowest-cost EV charging system on the market, is the ideal solution for Volvo CE’s electric machines. Compact and easily transportable, the EV ARC™ system can be set up and ready to use in minutes.
The EV ARC is fully autonomous, meaning it generates, stores and delivers electricity independent of the grid.
On Monday, the automaker announced a new over-the-air (OTA) software update for all of its cars with Google built-in, with the addition of Apple CarPlay being the most anticipated by customers. The new update will be available in 14 new markets and Volvo expects it to be deployed in more than 200,000 vehicles.
Less than a month after Stellantis Group announced the departure from ACEA, also Volvo informed it will leave the European Automobile Manufacturers Association by the year end. The automaker Volvo said its sustainability strategy and ambitions “are not fully aligned with ACEA’s positioning and way of working at this stage.”
The announcement was made at a time when ACEA failed in its lobbying efforts to push back the European Union’s intention to phase out cars with internal combustion engines.
In June, the automaker delivered 49,904 vehicles — down 26.9 percent from 2021 — with the sales of recharge models (BEV + PHEV) in Europe accounting for 33.8 per during the month. The company said that 25.1 percent of the sales in the U.S. were Recharge models (PHEVs and EVs) and in California, the recharge market share reached 75 percent.