Volvo’s electric excavator helps build iconic RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The construction of the Morgan Stanley Garden – one of this year’s main show gardens at the global consumer showcase – will be the first major project for Volvo’s new electric ECR25.


Highlighting the machine’s unique capabilities for inner city environments and in keeping with the garden’s aims to explore how beautiful gardens can be created with a lighter environmental footprint, the zero emissions compact excavator will begin breaking ground on the foundations for the garden on April 29.

As part of the wellknown RHS Chelsea Flower Show, The Morgan Stanley Garden, designed and created by garden designer Chris Beardshaw, considers how resources can be managed more sensitively throughout the creation of the show garden. Chris and his team have sourced a range of environmental materials and building methods to create this year’s garden – the start of which will be the electric ECR25.

The machine will be working hard over the next week and a half where it will be excavating the site and trenching for tree pits and a central water feature. Once the job is complete it will then be moving on to its next big project where it will be used in one of the first customer pilots for Volvo CE’s electric compact product range.

Ahcène Nedjimi, Electromobility Specialist at Volvo CE, says: “What greater way to showcase the true potential for electric machine technology than on this global platform. This exciting project is the best possible demonstration of how we are driving forward sustainable innovations with our partners across any and every task, big and small.”

There are more than 157,000 visitors set to attend the five day-long RHS Chelsea Flower Show when it opens to the public on Tuesday, May 21. This year’s garden in the heart of London is a fitting setting for Volvo’s cleaner, quieter and more efficient machine.

Read the full story here or watch the video to see the ECR25 in action. 

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