Revolutionise Farming with Electric Machinery

Electric construction equipment, boasting zero exhaust emissions and a sustainable operation, holds the key to fostering more eco-friendly practices in agriculture. Volvo CE’s range of electric construction machines are purpose-built to address the diverse needs of the agriculture, farming, and equestrian sectors.

From excavation and landscaping to ground maintenance and material transport, Volvo CE electric construction equipment effortlessly handles heavy-duty tasks, cutting down on time and manual labour. Historically, diesel-powered solutions have dominated the scene. However, Volvo CE’s zero-emission, nearly silent wheeled loaders and excavators now offer a sustainable alternative to their traditional fossil fuel counterparts.

These machines deliver swift, efficient results with minimal environmental impact, preserving plant life, livestock, and the ecosystem. Their low noise emissions provide a remarkable advantage, enabling operations around the clock while fostering a tranquil work environment for both humans and animals.

Electric Power Meets Horsepower

As one of Sweden’s most renowned and long-standing stud farms, Menhammar not only maintains a leading reputation but also oversees 1,800 hectares of land. To uphold its commitment to sustainability, the owners have integrated three Volvo L25 electric wheeled loaders into their operations. These versatile machines handle a range of tasks, from transporting feed and hay for cows and horses, to maintaining stables and managing materials. With zero exhaust emissions, minimal noise, and low maintenance requirements, these loaders offer essential advantages while reducing carbon footprint. Their battery technology ensures efficient performance without disturbing the animals, allowing tasks to be completed promptly and with environmental consciousness.

Sustainable Equine Industry

This renowned stud farm boasts approximately 300 horses, alongside 50 cows and 25 sheep. While it’s widely recognised for breeding, training, and selling top-tier trotting horses for racing in Europe, the farm also prioritises the wellbeing of both its animals and staff. Conservation of the landscape remains a paramount concern within the farm’s ethos, not only does it maintain a zero-emission operation on-site, but it also diligently pursues sustainability across all facets of its operations. This includes fostering biodiversity, adopting renewable energy practices, and ensuring the emotional and physical welfare of both people and animals. In collaboration with Volvo CE, the farm continues to spearhead the transformation of the equine industry.

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Circular Approach for Sustainable Agriculture

At Menhammar, the dedication to sustainability is unwavering, driven by it’s firm belief in the transformative potential of renewable energy and forward-thinking practices. Their commitment shines through in the embrace of a circular economy ethos. They have gone above and beyond token gestures by installing solar panels and pioneering a biofuel plant, which alone generated over 1.8 million kWh of renewable energy in 2022. By utilising hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) to fuel other agricultural machinery, Menhammar have reduced CO₂ emissions by 420 tonnes. The integration of Volvo CE’s electric construction equipment underpins their commitment to innovation and eco-conscious solutions. The custom-built pond exemplifies their proactive waste management approach, effectively reducing phosphorus levels from the horse paddock run-off. At Menhammar, sustainability isn’t just a buzzword—it’s a way of life.

Electric Wheeled Loaders in Agriculture

Ulf Segerström, Operations Manager at Menhammar, says: “We’re on a journey to becoming a fossil-free site so switching to electric machines makes sense. Their near silent and zero emission operation makes them ideal for working near our horses and livestock. We can get closer to them without causing any unnecessary stress. We’re really impressed with the battery life of the machines, which enable us to get jobs around the farm done quickly and efficiently, all without disturbing the animals. They’re much more comfortable for our employees to operate and work alongside too. All-in-all it makes for a much more peaceful and clean work environment.”

Benefits of Electric Within Agriculture

The shift toward electrifying agriculture has begun, driven by heightened awareness of climate concerns and stricter regulations. Now, it’s not just an option but a must for businesses. Electric construction equipment offers numerous benefits beyond environmental friendliness. They demand minimal maintenance compared to diesel-powered counterparts and guarantee a lower total cost of ownership. People can also rely on their high efficiency across various tasks.

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Charging in Agriculture

Charging electric construction equipment, be it an electric excavator or wheeled loader, typically poses no issue in agricultural settings. With the usage patterns and duration in mind, a single-phase overnight charge often suffices. Should this not meet your needs, opting for a fast charger can prove beneficial. Several user-friendly options are available ensuring lasting power and performance. Once you understand your charging requirements, incorporating them into your work schedule becomes a simple task.

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