What to consider when buying electric equipment

What to consider when buying electric equipment

Both equipment manufacturers and construction companies are looking for ways to be more sustainable and decrease their carbon footprint. In fact, construction companies are required to increase the sustainability of their machines where possible. Electric construction equipment is one way these companies can be greener and do better for the environment.

If your company is considering buying large construction equipment that’s powered by electricity rather than gas, you should know the differences between the equipment types, how they leave less of a carbon footprint and the costs of each. Below are three things to look into!

Know the difference between the equipment types

It’s important to know the difference between the types of electric equipment: battery-powered, cable-powered, alternative fuel-powered and hybrid electric vehicles. These types of machines help to eliminate carbon emissions. Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) have motors powered by electricity; currently, these are seen in smaller and more compact construction equipment, but manufacturers are beginning to branch out to larger machinery.

Cable-powered vehicles work by plugging a cable into an outlet at the job site; quarries and mines oftentimes use these vehicles. Alternative fuel-powered vehicles are fueled by biogas or biodiesel; one specific type is hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO). Hybrid electric vehicles use both electric power and diesel; technology for these vehicles is constantly growing.

Leave less of a carbon footprint

To choose which electric vehicles are best for you and your company, it helps to understand the impact on the environment. The construction industry is responsible for 38% of carbon emissions. Countries around the world are beginning to adopt new rules and regulations for construction job sites, including requiring zero and low-emission vehicles. Adding electric equipment to your fleet is a surefire way to emit less carbon and create a more environmentally-friendly job site.

Compare the costs of each

We know you’re already thinking about the costs of fuel, repairs and maintenance. Electric equipment is currently priced higher than diesel-powered machines; this higher cost comes from the battery packs needed to power them. However, you will save on fuel and other services which could offset the upfront costs. You will also need to consider when you’ll be charging them to ensure you’re able to get the job done, but know that some electric equipment can be charged up to last an entire workday.

Find the large construction equipment you need at one of our auctions

Why make the switch to electric equipment? Not only are they better for the environment, but they’re also better for your employees. Noise pollution can be damaging to construction workers and those around the job sites. Electric equipment is quieter, saving your team from hearing loss or tinnitus, and it helps you meet this regulation as well.

Electric equipment is still developing, and auction companies will be collecting more and more as the technology continues to evolve. Diesel-powered machinery still outnumbers electric vehicles. As regulations become more strict, it's good to be prepared. Electric machinery is here for the long run. There are great options out there if you’re ready to add this type of equipment to your fleet. Contact us today about the large construction equipment we currently have!


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