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CJD: why you should switch from diesel to electric machinery

With new electric Volvo machinery being introduced to the Australian market, CJD Equipment explains why switching from diesel is the way to go

CJD Equipment, the Australian dealer of Volvo construction equipment, has recently introduced a new lineup of compact electric machines to Australia.

Among these are the Volvo ECR18 and ECR25 electric compact excavators and the L25 electric wheel loader. For those contemplating embracing a more environmentally conscious path forward, here are five reasons the company says Volvo electric construction equipment makes an excellent addition to earthmoving businesses.

Reduced operational costs

The  battery system of electric machines eliminates the need for maintenance, resulting in decreased downtime and lower operating expenses. Additionally, electric machines are generally cheaper to run than their diesel counterparts, contributing to decreased operational costs.

With fewer components requiring regular maintenance, electric machines typically have longer service intervals, allowing businesses to optimise their operations and minimise disruptions.

By eliminating oil changes, fuel filter replacements, or other maintenance associated with diesel engines, it translates to reduced downtime for servicing and decreased labour costs throughout the lifespan of the equipment.

Progress sustainability targets

Many businesses aim to meet sustainability goals in line with initiatives such as the science-based target initiative and the Paris Agreement.

Setting science-based goals shows a company’s commitment to sustainability and environmental care. Not only does this practice enhance brand reputation, but it also creates trust and appeals to socially conscious consumers.

Environmental aspects are becoming increasingly important in investment decisions. Companies investing in zero-emission construction equipment can reduce their carbon footprint and are taking a step forward for a cleaner and greener future.

By embracing electric solutions pioneered by Volvo CE, businesses can achieve environmental benefits without compromising performance. This not only aligns with sustainability objectives but also positions them as leaders in the transition towards a more eco-conscious industry.

Improved operator safety

These machines produce minimal noise, fewer vibrations and zero emissions – promoting better environmental conditions. The electric motors are significantly quieter than their diesel equivalents and have fewer moving parts, resulting in a reduction of vibration and noise.

This creates a conducive environment where operators can effectively communicate with coworkers, easily hear warning signals and maintain situational awareness while working.

This will enhance the operator’s overall comfort, especially during extended operations periods, contributing to a safer and healthier work environment.

With Volvo’s dedication to advancing safety standards, prioritising operator safety and comfort, businesses can mitigate risks and create a workplace that prioritises well-being and productivity.

Electric machines are generally cheaper to run. Image: CJD Equipment

Emission-free environment

The absence of exhaust emissions from Volvo electric construction machines not only helps to improve local air quality but also reduces the overall carbon footprint associated with construction activities.

By operating with zero emissions, Volvo electric construction machines have the advantage of accessing environments either indoors or underground, densely populated areas, or locations where emissions could pose significant health or environmental concerns.

This capability enhances the work experience for operators and opens up new business opportunities. By allowing construction in areas where traditional diesel-powered equipment may be restricted, these machines allow companies to work on zero-emission job sites without compromising productivity.

Electric construction machines also assist companies in meeting strict environmental regulations, showcasing their dedication to sustainability and responsible business practices, creating a safer, cleaner and more sustainable construction sector, benefiting both businesses and communities.

The quieter solution

Electric machines boast significantly lower noise levels compared to their diesel counterparts. This advantage is particularly beneficial in noise-sensitive environments where diesel machines may be restricted.

Diesel engines rely on the combustion of fuel to generate power, which essentially creates noise due to movements within the engine. As electric machines do not have combustion engines, this eliminates the presence of loud noise associated with fuel combustion.

Electric motors deliver power instantly and more consistently when compared to diesel engines, which often need to rev up and down. This means electric machines can operate at a more consistent RPM, which contributes to a more stable and quieter operation.

If you would like to find out more, please reach out to your local CJD branch at 1300 139 804 or visit

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