ABB to Provide Complete Electrical Powertrain Solutions to Control the Impact of Climate Change


ABB is helping businesses to reduce the climate change impact by providing complete electrical powertrain solutions to a variety of vehicles, transport, and maritime vessels. Although most vessels and vehicles are still powered by diesel, electrification solutions, which include motors, inverters, and controllers as well as energy storage systems, have advanced rapidly and offer immediate benefits.

ABB has over 130 years of experience in electrifying vehicles, including buses and trains used in harsh environments such as mining. This makes it a great choice to help the world reduce diesel engine use across all types of applications.

ABB’s new whitepaper outlines the many benefits of electrification. These include significantly improved energy efficiency, reduced carbon dioxide emissions, lower total costs of ownership, less noise and vibration, and lower fuel consumption than diesel systems. The benefits of electrification include substantial energy savings, efficiency improvements and vessel and vehicle conversions that are fully or partially electric.

ABB’s electric powertrain, which combines a high-efficiency electric motor and drives with battery power, can reduce 48 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually by replacing the diesel engine on a 24-tonne excavator. Regenerative braking can also be used in industrial vehicles to reduce fuel consumption up to 30%.

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Electric vehicles can have an average operating cost of 60% less than similar vehicles with a diesel engine. This is due to increased efficiency, lower fuel consumption, and lower maintenance requirements.

Stefan Floeck is the Division President of ABB IEC low voltage motors. He stated that as regulators around the world set stricter emissions targets, electrification technology must be applied to industrial vehicles, transport, and vessels. Electrification is an essential component of any Net Zero strategy. It also offers a positive economic case to operators in terms of the total cost of ownership.

Edgar Keller, ABB Division President, Traction, says: “ABB’s deep domain expertise with electric powertrains carries on to the electrification industrial vehicles such as excavators and dump trucks used in mining and construction. The technology can also be used in other areas like construction and material handling.”

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