Volvo CE’s powerful new EC500 50t excavator boosts safety and productivity levels

Volvo CE says that its powerful new EC500 excavator has been designed to deliver high performance outputs as well as superior levels of safety in use.
CONEXPOCON/AGG 2023 / March 16, 2023
Volvo CE’s new EC500 excavator delivers high performance
Volvo CE’s new EC500 excavator delivers high performance

Replacing the EC480E, this new 50tonne class excavator is well-suited to working alongside Volvo CE’s A25G or A35G ADTs in large earthmoving, roadbuilding, or quarrying applications.

The excavator is fitted with Volvo Smart View with Obstacle Detection, providing a real-time view of the machine’s surroundings. It is a safety system that issues automatic alerts when obstacles are detected.

Operator comfort has been a priority during design and the EC500 features a new and improved operator interface and cabin design.

Stephen Roy, president of Volvo CE North America, said that the pre-production model on show at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023 “gives an insight into the future, with enhanced safety, operability and productivity.”

The Volvo Smart View with Obstacle Detection provides a 360° view due to an improved camera system and new radar detection system. This technology can identify obstacles as either an object or a human being, allowing the operator to take remedial action.

The prototype’s new cabin design also offers a new layout and features including high-definition co-pilot screen, keyless engine start, wired and wireless smart phone charging and new work mode switches.

This next generation excavator is set up to access a range of machine options to help operators complete tasks faster, more easily and more safely. It will also boost performance and productivity levels.

The Volvo Dig Assist tools are designed to help deliver excavator accuracy by eliminating the need to manually mark out a site and check depths and grades. Other tools include Volvo Lift Assist and the Volvo Active Control for automated grading.

New electric joysticks provide better control over the hydraulic system. The hydraulic pumps can be operated together as well as virtually disconnected, allowing the operator to control the boom without affecting track speed. This increases controllability, shortens cycle times and improves fuel efficiency.

Comfort Driver Control allows the operator to move forwards, backwards and steer with the joysticks. An operator can pre-set the hydraulics based upon preferences and applications and save these in Co-Pilot for access in the future.

Increased cooling capacity means the EC500 can handle extreme weather conditions and the excavator also benefits from longer service intervals, delivering cost savings from reduced maintenance requirements and increased uptime.

Manufactured at Volvo CE’s crawler excavator plant in Changwon, Korea, production of the EC500 will commence at the end of 2023 and the machine will be available in selected markets such as North America, Europe and Korea.

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