Using electric plant equipment on a construction site

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In recent construction news, Volvo Group has announced that delivery of their electric plant equipment has begun to their customers. Recently, more manufacturing brands are making the switch to electric when it comes to their fleet. It’s all about lowering emissions, but the fantastic range of electric plant equipment already available is definitely appealing to companies looking to upgrade their fleet. Find out more about electric Volvo equipment, as well as used diggers and other machines available for sale at International Plant Sales.


Volvo is a Swedish company with their headquarters based in Gothenburg. The company was originally a subsidiary of AB SKF, however was established as the Volvo Group in 1927.

The current vision for Volvo is to be ‘the most desired and successful transport and infrastructure solution provider in the world’. With a hand in most types of transport they can’t really go wrong. With a large customer base supporting them, they are already one of the main brands on the market. Especially when it comes to construction equipment.

Not only do they make plant machinery, you can expect to see the following on the market:

  • Cars
  • Trucks
  • Buses
  • Marine and Industrial Drive Systems
  • Financial Services

Volvo Electric Plant Equipment

As a planet we are facing climate change, population growth and increasing urbanization. Ultimately, this is putting a strain on our landscape, and how we operate. 

Greenhouse gas emissions are one of the biggest threats, and Volvo has already considered how to reduce their carbon footprint. Their latest venture is the introduction of electric plant equipment and transport.

In 2018, several new prototypes were released and trialled for an all-electric quarry project. Then last year, the company announced the halt in development of diesel compact wheel loaders and excavators. Volvo aims for one-third of its construction equipment sales to be electric by 2030. 


It isn’t just the construction sector that is electrifying. With the ever growing popularity of electric vehicles, even transport is changing for the better. 

The rise of standard electric vehicles including the notorious Tesla Model S and BMW i3 for example, are becoming the new norm for most drivers. However as the requirement for electric grows, the release of electric vans are now available on the market. 

Would you use an electric van on a construction site?

We aren’t recommending driving to a construction site in a Tesla, unless you really want to of course. However have you considered switching your fleet or vans to electric instead? 

Transporting your tools and equipment to a construction site will be just as easy, but the amount of air pollution created is dramatically less than a standard vehicle.

Which electric vehicles can you get your hands on, we hear you ask?

Our sister company, EVision Electric Vehicles is the company to contact. On their fleet of over 300 vehicles, short term and long term hires can be taken out for:

  • Tesla Model S, X or 3
  • Jaguar I-Pace
  • Audi e-tron
  • BMW i3
  • Renault ZOE
  • Porsche Taycan
  • Kia e-Niro
  • Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e
  • Vauxhall Vivaro-e Electric Vans
  • Renault Kangoo Electric Vans

If you’re looking to make the switch, contact the team today on: 01634 914063 or book directly on their website


We may not have any electric plant equipment for sale just yet, but we have the next best thing. Here at International Plant Sales we have a range of used construction machinery available that is in fantastic condition, at an affordable price.

Choose from a range of machinery including:

  • Excavators (Mini / Midi, Tracked / Long Reach)
  • Telehandlers
  • Rollers
  • Dumpers
  • Backhoe Loaders

When you buy used plant equipment from International Plant Sales, you’ll be guaranteed:


We will provide a warranty on all major components and parts. The warranty will begin from the date that the machine is collected or delivered, to give our customers peace of mind. 

International Delivery

Not everyone will be local to us which is why we can also offer international delivery. We can ship to any of our customers around the UK, in Europe and overseas. Customers can request an extra quote for any of our delivery options when they enquire about our diggers for sale. We can guarantee that we work with trusted and reliable shipping companies to ensure your machines arrive in the same condition they left us in.

Excellent Condition

When machines are passed onto us to sell from our sister companies, Diggerland or H. E. Services (Plant Hire) Ltd, the machines will be checked. We will note any scratches, dents, or damaged panels. Before they are sold the machines will be repaired and finished to a high standard. You’ll think you’re buying a brand new machine!

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All information correct as of: 2nd March 2021. 

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