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Danfoss Electrifying Excavators to Support Norway Push for Zero Emission Construction Sites

Danfoss Editron, a segment of Danfoss Power Solutions, has delivered electrification technology to support Pon Equipment AS in its development of a fully battery-operated 25-ton electric excavator. 

Transforming diesel-powered excavators into fully-electric earth-moving machines is key in meeting the Norwegian government’s new policy on zero emission construction sites. Diesel use in construction machinery accounts for about 20% of all CO₂ emissions in Oslo. The new policy has been set in order to support Norway’s radical proposal, pledged in 2016, to become climate neutral by 2030.

“Our strong relationship with Pon Equipment, combined with our experience of electrifying heavy-duty machines, helped significantly to make this a successful conversion project. We are pleased to have supplied the technology that has helped Pon Equipment to meet demand from the construction industry for electric zero emission excavators,” said Danfoss Editron OEM Sales Director Tomi Ristimäki.

The electric excavator can operate for up to seven hours on a single battery charge under nominal load. It is also significantly quieter than the former diesel machine, which makes it well suited for use in urban areas with noise restrictions, as well as ideal for smaller off-highway machines without compromising power needs.

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