Construction paparazzi: Crowds gather at Volvo’s unveiling of its electric ECR25 excavator and L25 wheel loader at Bauma. When Melker Jernberg, Volvo Construction Equipment president, is asked why North American contractors would buy a battery-powered electric-drive machine, he quickly counters with “why should they not?’” Volvo CE turned heads in January when it announced it would unveil its ECR25 compact excavator and L25 compact wheel loader at the Bauma trade show, taking place in Munich, Germany this week. Not because they were zero-emissions electric machines — that’s becoming an every-other-day announcement — but because the company also announced that it would eventually no longer offer diesel versions of these machines. In the announcement, Volvo said it would become “the first construction equipment manufacturer to commit to an electric future for its compact machine range.” Melker clearly feels going all-electric with these machines will give Volvo CE a distinction in the crowded compact equipment market. “We are as not strong in the compact segment,” he says. “This gives a chance to be relevant in the compact area,” he told Equipment World. “The electric-drive ...