Electric Construction Equipment Continues to Expand
Electric construction equipment has become more and more common across the industry over the last few years. This is mostly due to the advancements in technology that has made electric construction equipment more affordable than it was in the past. In addition, cities are now starting to ban the use of diesel because of the hazards it puts forth for the environment and those operating or near the carbon emissions.
As a result, manufacturers are focusing on the development of battery-powered construction equipment so companies and consumers will be prepared for when these bans go into full effect.
Effective Equipment That’s Eco-Friendly
One of the most common types of electric construction equipment is the mini excavator. Electric excavators are becoming more prevalent in the industry because of the quiet operation. This allows companies to work during hours that would have otherwise disturbed those near the job site due to the noise and carbon emissions. On top of this noise-reducing benefit, certain electric mini excavators are also able to specifically handle indoor projects, such as demolition inside a building. This is due to the zero carbon emissions, noise reduction, and the smaller and lighter size of the machinery.
One of the arguments against the electric mini excavator is that some people do not think it will last long enough to finish a job in a timely manner. However, with certain product lines, the electric mini excavator can last for an entire workday if it is recharged properly.
Another type of construction equipment that now has an electric option is the hydraulic rig. A hydraulic rig is typically used for drilling projects, and some companies are working on the development of a battery-powered rig that lasts for 10 hours or more.
With the advancement in electric construction equipment, it’s no longer about the size of the equipment. It is more so about the battery life and the efficiency of the equipment. For construction companies, it’s important that the equipment can last for a long period of time in order to complete projects within a deadline, while still doing their part to help the environment and create safer working conditions for their employees.
While manufacturers are making great strides in the arena of creating eco-friendly construction equipment products, there is still so much more to come in this department. Electric mini skid steers, mini excavators, and buggies are only just the beginning for this industry. We can expect to see an increase in the switch to electric-powered for all types of construction equipment.