Missing the Mark with EVs - Electric Construction Equipment Gets It Right Where Traditional Diesel Machinery Fails
Thursday, September 23, 2021
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM EST
Location: Electric Drive Theater: Fuel Cell and Battery
It seems like overnight Tesla made it more popular than ever to drive an electric vehicle (EV). Suddenly, most major car manufacturers are announcing plans to offer a wide range of EV options to meet every style and price point. While it seems that most of the EV emphasis is focused on passenger vehicles, there has been little attention paid to industrial end-users. This is a bit ironic considering that President Biden’s Infrastructure Plan calls for more infrastructure improvements, many of which are intended to lower carbon emissions. Considering that the heavy construction equipment market is expected to reach $193 billion by 2022 and stricter regulations are emerging for heavy machinery and equipment on the global, regional, and local levels, there is a huge opportunity for growth in this marketplace.
For ten years, Viridi Parente has been working on an innovative energy platform focusing on the rigors and physical demands of the construction and heavy industrial markets by testing and manufacturing the most rugged lithium-ion portable energy systems in the world. Through a partnership with National Grid, the first commercially available electric mini excavator was built with a 3.5 metric ton chassis and provides 20 Megawatt hours of portable power systems on construction equipment. Since that time, a vast and substantial knowledge base from more than 250,000 hours of actual field use and customer feedback has been collected and more than 200 machines with this technology are in the field being used by contractors from public utility service groups to indoor demolition and general infrastructure.
During this presentation, Dennis Elsenbeck. President of Viridi Parente, will discuss the market factors facing the EV industry and discuss the challenges of developing a power system for fully-electric industrial machinery. He will also provide a comparison of electrified construction equipment to its diesel counterparts and highlight the extensive field results at construction sites across Buffalo, New York.