No cars, just pure nature. The Aletsch Arena is an area located in the Swiss Alps. Here Velosolutions, a company with many years of experience in trail design, is developing a three-kilometer-long bike park. Due to the special regulations regarding exhaust emissions, the requirements for construction machinery and equipment are equally strict. And this is where Wacker Neuson’s zero emission portfolio comes into play.
The construction of a trail park and Wacker Neuson’s electric construction machines and equipment are the ideal pairing. This is why Velosolutions in Bettmeralp, a village in the high alpine region, has decided to use zero emission solutions. Not only is the construction work carried out using e-machines, but the machines are also transported using electrically powered trucks. “The zero emission construction machines and equipment from Wacker Neuson are an ideal fit for the Bettmeralp concept: no combustion engines. This means a trail park can be developed without causing local exhaust emissions,” explains Patric Stillhart, Sales Manager Wacker Neuson Switzerland.
zero emission: user-friendly and quiet
During the excavation work, two Zero Tail Excavator EZ17e showed off their skills. With their high-quality lithium-ion technology, the machines meet the high performance, durability, and robustness requirements: ideal for use in the trail park. The machines were charged using the power grid of the existing permanent snow cannons (415 volts). To transport the material the DT10e track dumper from Wacker Neuson was used to transport the material. The low location of the batteries makes it particularly stable, which is why it is particularly useful in the rough terrain of the Alps. Two APS1135e battery-powered vibratory plates were also used for soil compaction. One advantage: the large crane lifthook is built for stability and is therefore also often used for steering sideways, as here when constructing a trail on a slope. As same as all zero emission solutions by Wacker Neuson, the plate has the same output as its conventional counterpart.
“The switch to electric machines was very easy for us. It’s great fun to work with them – you wouldn’t want to do anything else.”
– Roman Gadient, trail builder at Velosolutions.
Here you can find the video of the zero emission operation in the Alps:
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