Volvo CE intros ECR145E, ECR235E short-swing excavators with redesigned cab, 10% fuel savings

Updated Jul 31, 2015

Volvo Construction Equipment’s new E-Series short-swing crawler excavators feature a center-positioned boom and compact swing radius, allowing work in confined spaces without sacrificing power, dig depth or stability.

The ECR145E and ECR235E have Tier 4 Final engines that deliver up to 10 percent improvement in fuel economy when compared with previous models, and include auto idle. The excavators can be equipped with an optional engine shutdown feature that further improves fuel efficiency.

Both machines have integrated working modes that enable the operator to choose the best mode for the application at hand: idle, fine, general or heavy.

The cab on both machines has been redesigned, featuring large front and side windows to ensure high visibility. Additional cab features include an improved climate control system, a new air circulation and defrosting system and a keypad that allows operators to navigate through monitor settings to activate machine functions.

The cab is also equipped with Bluetooth and the keypad features shortcut buttons for windshield wipers, camera and an audio mute function.

When designing the crawler excavators, Volvo addressed lowering the total cost of ownership via an enhanced hydraulics system that combines with the fully electronic control system to improve response time and controllability. Working with the Volvo ECO mode to reduce flow and pressure losses, the system achieves lower fuel consumption over previous models.

Safety has been addressed through the use of punched anti-slip plates and handrails that ensure grip while performing maintenance checks. Foldable guardrails offer safe access.