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Electric powertrains are leading the charge to decarbonise industry

31 October 2022

In a new whitepaper, ABB explores how the electrification of powertrains in industrial vehicles, transportation and marine vessels can dramatically improve energy efficiency.

Given the urgent need to limit the impact of climate change, ABB is helping businesses accelerate decarbonisation by delivering complete electrical powertrain solutions for a range of industrial vehicles, transportation and marine vessels. 

While most vehicles and vessels are still diesel powered, electrification solutions, comprising motors, inverters, controllers, and energy storage systems, have rapidly advanced and offer immediate benefits.

The new whitepaper from ABB outlines the multiple benefits of electrification, which include dramatically improved energy efficiency, reduced CO2 emissions, lower total cost of ownership, and less noise and vibration than diesel systems. Full or partially electric vehicles and vessels offer substantial energy savings and efficiency gains.

For example, replacing the diesel engine in a 24-tonne excavator with an ABB electric powertrain – which combines battery power with a high-efficiency electric motor and drive – can eliminate 48 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. In addition, regenerative braking for industrial vehicles can reduce fuel consumption by up to 30 percent.

On average, electric vehicles have operating costs as much as 60 percent lower than equivalent vehicles powered by a diesel engine. This is mainly due to improved efficiency, reduced fuel consumption, and reduced maintenance needs.

“As regulators worldwide set more stringent emissions targets, applying electrification technology to industrial vehicles, transportation, and vessels is a clear and necessary step,” says Stefan Floeck, Division President, ABB IEC low-voltage motors

“Electrification is an important component of any net zero strategy – and it also presents a positive economic case for operators in terms of total cost of ownership.”

Edgar Keller, Division President, Traction, ABB, continues: “ABB’s deep domain expertise in electric powertrains carries over to the electrification of industrial vehicles, such as dump trucks and excavators used in mining and construction. 

“Electrical powertrains are well proven in rail transport too; the technology is mature and can be easily and effectively applied across many other sectors like construction and material handling equipment.”

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