UK's first battery-powered Volvo Excavator being used to improve Holdingham Roundabout

Electric Volvo mini excavator

Eurovia Contracting, the company carrying out improvements to Holdingham Roundabout near Sleaford, is now using the UK’s first 100% electric-powered Volvo ECR25 Excavator on-site.

The zero-emissions, battery-powered excavator will reduce carbon emissions on the Holdingham Roundabout scheme and any future projects where Eurovia uses the excavator.

Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: "We're thrilled for our Holdingham Roundabout project to be the first project to use the UK's first battery-powered excavator.

"Eurovia has been using the new kit since March, and it's been just as efficient and powerful as its diesel-powered counterparts.

"Hopefully, more contractors start making use of battery or electric powered equipment.

"This will not only help us meet Lincolnshire's goal of reducing carbon emissions by 20% by 2023, but it would also bring the country closer to meeting Government's target for "net zero carbon" by 2050."

Matt Stubbings, divisional manager of Eurovia Contracting, said: “Eurovia is on target to achieve a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, which is very significant for a company that has a high degree of self-delivery. And the introduction of battery-powered machinery holds the key to achieving that goal.

“We’re extremely excited to be at the cutting-edge of zero-emissions technology with Volvo and SMT. It’s definitely a game changer, and we can’t wait to add larger, more powerful zero-emissions kit to our fleet.”

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Published: 4th June 2021