Decarbonizing industry: electric powertrains leading the change

Decarbonizing industry: electric powertrains leading the change

  •  In a new whitepaper published today, ABB outlines how the electrification of powertrains in industrial vehicles, transportation and marine vessels can significantly improve energy efficiency
  • Transportation of people, goods and raw materials currently accounts for almost 30% of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide
  •  Electric motors can achieve in excess of 95% efficiency, while diesel engines only reach 45% efficiency in the optimum load range

Given the urgent need to limit the impact of climate change, ABB is helping businesses accelerate decarbonization 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.

With over 130 years of experience of electrifying applications, including trains, busses, and vehicles used in harsh environments like mining, ABB is perfectly placed to help the world to reduce the use of diesel engines across all applications

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%.

On average, electric vehicles have operating costs as much as 60% 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.”

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries.

ABB Motion keeps the world turning - while saving energy every day. We innovate and push the boundaries of technology to enable the low-carbon future for customers, industries and societies. With our digitally enabled drives, motors and services our customers and partners achieve better performance, safety and reliability. We offer a combination of domain expertise and technology to deliver the optimum drive and motor solution for a wide range of applications in all industrial segments. Through our global presence we are always close to serve our customers. Building on over 130 years of cumulative experience in electric powertrains, we learn and improve every day.


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