VOLVO CE’S PRODUCTS cover a broad
New technologies can lead to big efficiency gains in the
construction and mining industries. Innovative thinking
among customers is helping to speed up development.
range of applications. From large
mining customers in remote, hard-toreach
sites to road-building projects
that need to fit onto narrow city streets.
This breadth means the pace of integrating
new technologies will vary between different
products, thinks Thomas Bitter, Senior Vice
President of Marketing & Product Portfolio at
“I don’t think that our industry will be
completely autonomous or completely electrified
by 2030. But I’m convinced that technology will
have taken a big step forward,” he says.
Volvo CE is already developing electromobility
solutions for its customers. There are huge
advantages to electrifying some machines, such
as compact excavators, which are smaller and
often operate on sites close to people’s homes
and places of work.
The end game is to develop sites that are fully
electric, autonomous and connected.
“If you optimise the transport flow on a site, so
that a hauler is synced with
the loading tool, such as an
excavator or wheel loader,
we will see huge efficiency
Customers are also part of
the push for more sustainable
future technologies. Already
in several large-scale
projects, the end customer is setting tough
emission standards for equipment suppliers and
that is driving technology development.
“Among our customers there are both early
and late adapters. So, we have to be very smart
in how we invest in different technologies,”says
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