Aecon first to use electric excavator at Toronto site

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The ECR25 electric excavator and L25 electric wheel loader (image from Volvo)

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Aecon Group Inc. is the first construction company in Canada to use the zero-emission Volvo electric excavator on a worksite.

As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability, Aecon recently completed a pilot of the ECR25 Electric compact excavator from Volvo Construction Equipment, on a project in Toronto. Aecon is the first construction company in Canada to use this model of electric, zero-emission construction equipment on an active project site.

“As we work toward our commitment to achieve a 30 per cent reduction in direct CO2 emissions by 2030, we are actively engaging with the most innovative and technologically advanced manufacturers in the market,” said Jean-Louis Servranckx, president and chief executive officer.

“Piloting the ECR25 Electric compact excavator with Volvo CE is a great example of how we continue to consistently set industry benchmarks in sustainable construction and harness innovation to support the transition to a net-zero economy.

“Our teams have been impressed with the ECR25’s power, significant reduction in noise compared to diesel-powered equipment and elimination of emissions.”

During the pilot project, Aecon Utilities used the electric excavator to trench and install new telecommunications conduit, bringing fibre optic connectivity to a residential building in Toronto’s Regent Park community.

“Construction equipment is one of the most substantial contributors to greenhouse gas emissions associated with construction projects, and over time we plan to convert a significant proportion of our fleet to zero-emission equipment like the ECR25,” said Yonni Fushman, Aecon’s AVP, chief legal officer and chief sustainability officer

The new electric excavator and the L25 Electric compact wheel loader offer the same performance as their diesel counterparts, making them a great fit for utility work and other traditional construction projects, their manufacturer asserts. The ECR25 was also trialed in California earlier this year as part of a Volvo CE pilot project.

“It’s exciting to see the momentum growing for electric construction equipment in North America,” said Stephen Roy, president of Volvo’s North America region.

“We are seeing an increasing demand for sustainable solutions as the industry recognizes the importance of acting to reduce climate change. Working together with our customers and dealers we can reduce harmful emissions that are entering the atmosphere.”

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