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An Introduction to Electric Construction Vehicles Part 1

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Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular as people around the world embrace environmentally responsible technologies. Eliminating harmful emissions from vehicles powered by fossil fuels can help slow global warming and ensure that we reduce our carbon footprint. Certain functions of the construction industry are inherently detrimental to the environment, so it’s imperative that we do our best to minimize environmental degradation to offset the negative externalities produced by major construction projects.

Electric construction vehicles will undoubtedly play an important role in ushering in a new wave of sustainable construction. In this two-part series, our Denver construction lawyers will discuss electric construction vehicles and their important role in the future of construction.

On a Mission for Zero Emissions

The first question on every contractor’s mind when considering whether or not electric construction vehicles are a viable alternative to today’s gas-guzzling models is: can they do the work?

Construction projects require tested, durable technologies that can accomplish contractors’ objectives that run the whole gamut of project scope and design. It’s not uncommon to remain skeptical about new technologies until you have seen them tested firsthand, which is why electric construction vehicles developed in a collaborative effort between Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) and multinational construction firm Skanska were put to use on a special, emission-free construction site at the Vikan Kross quarry near Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Electric Site

Volvo CE, in collaboration with Skanska, is officially trialing electric construction vehicles at an emissions-free quarry in Sweden, and the results so far are keeping contractors optimistic about the future of sustainable construction. Their mission is to decrease carbon emissions by up to 95 percent while cutting operating costs by 25 percent. However, the most impressive aspect of this ambitious project is that Volvo CE’s vehicles are being used to accomplish these objectives without a dip in output. As the project makes headway, Volvo CE’s vehicles will be tested in an array of tasks including excavation, primary crushing, transport, secondary crushing, and more. Throughout these trials, an insignificant amount of diesel power will be utilized.

In a recent press release published by Volvo CE, Gunnar Hagman, CEO of Skanska Sweden said:

“This is the first time that anything like this has been attempted in the quarrying industry and, if successful, Electric Site could serve as a blueprint for transforming the efficiency, safety and environmental impact of quarries around the world.”

In part two, our Denver construction attorneys will continue to examine the efficacy of electric construction vehicles and explore the constraints and challenges facing the adoption of this new technology.

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.