Compact Equipment

OCT 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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Volvo Construction Equipment makes it a culture to push eco-focused innovation. The company is always releasing great emissions- free prototypes that conserve fuel in the off- highway construction equipment market — its HX2 autonomous, battery-electric ded- icated dumper, its LX1 hybrid wheel loader and the EX1 cable-connected excavator (which has a dual electric motor and diesel engine). Now, Volvo CE just recently dem- onstrated the LX2 electric compact wheel loader at the Volvo Group Innovation Sum- mit in Berlin. The prototype machine deliv- ers zero emissions, significantly lower noise levels, improved efficiency and reduced op- erational costs. The LX2 was presented at the Volvo Group's fourth Innovation Summit. To make the machine electric, the combustion engine has been replaced with a lithium ion battery. This stores enough electric energy to operate the machine for eight hours in its most common applications, such as light infrastructure construction and landscaping. The LX2 also incorporates two dedicated electric motors, one for the drivetrain and one for the hydraulics. Decoupling the subsystems has led to higher efficiency in both the systems and the entire machine, said the company. The prototype machine delivers zero emissions, 10 times higher efficiency, 10 times lower noise levels and reduced total cost of ownership compared to its conventional counterparts, said Volvo CE. For more info, visit volvoce.com. 12 Compact Equipment OCTOBER 2018 The Associated Builders and Contrac- tors (a great trade association with a commercial-builder focus) recently an- nounced that United Rentals, the world's largest equipment rental company, has signed on as the sponsor of ABC's diver- sity and inclusion initiatives, including the Diversity and Inclusion Summit and National Diversity Excellence Awards. ABC's Diversity Committee was formed to better reach underrepresented com- munities within the construction sector and promote diversity as an empowering competitive advantage through educa- tion, awareness and business practice. For more info, visit diversity.abc.org. ABC PARTNERS WITH UNITED RENTALS TO SPONSOR DIVERSITY PROGRAM The National Diversity Excellence Awards are presented in conjunc- tion with the ABC Convention, given in six categories to companies that display exemplary diversity leadership. VOLVO CE SHOWCASES ELECTRIC COMPACT WHEEL LOADER The LX2 is a second-generation prototype that is part of a research project and is not commercially available. Dang. CE News

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