To help reduce jobsite noise, exhaust emissions, and reduce maintenance, many construction equipment manufacturers have been busy producing all electric versions of their diesel powered machines, such as the 220+ ton electric crawler cranes that Liebherr recently unveiled. Volvo Construction Equipment is the latest to announce an all-electric machine with the announcement of the midsized, wheeled excavator, called the EX03.
The first thing you may notice about the EX03 is the large video screen on the back of the machine, something that I don’t believe I’ve ever seen before. This screen can serve 3 different functions:
· A real-time view of the front of the machine, so vehicles trailing behind can see what is up ahead.
· A text-based screen to help alert workers what movements the machine is going to make
· A safety communication live stream, which allows the operator to make eye contact with workers and the general public to reduce safety issue