World’s first fully electric asphalt paver

By Andy Brown17 January 2022

Royal BAM Group’s Dutch civil engineering company has commissioned Wirtgen and New Electric to convert an asphalt spreading machine into the world’s first fully electrically driven asphalt spreading paver.

It is reported that, on an annual basis, the use of this machine will save more than 93,000 kilograms of CO₂ and 115,000 grams of nitrogen oxide emissions.

Together with partners Wirtgen and New Electric, BAM Infra has replaced the stage V motor with an electric drive consisting of a fixed battery of 270kWh and two smartly switched electric motors.

With a second 270KWh battery, the paver can immediately be moved to the next project after a long working day. This exchangeable battery is also suitable for use in other electric equipment.

The use of the electric asphalt paver saves about 150 litres of diesel per eight-hour working day. This equates to a reduction of more than 93,000 kilograms of CO₂ and 115,000 grams of nitrogen oxide on an annual basis.

The electric asphalt paver can be used for eight to ten hours on fully charged batteries. In addition to the emission benefits, it makes considerably less noise than current machines.

BAM has said that it aims to have the first completely emission-free asphalt set on the road by mid-2022.

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