The latest wheeled excavators from Volvo Construction Equipment, the EW160E and EW180E (pictured), are powered by Volvo D6 Tier 4 Final engines. Both machines are designed to operate at lower engine rpm with an automatic idling system, which reduces fuel consumption and results in quieter operation, according to the OEM. Volvo's ECO mode is designed to reduce flow and pressure losses in the hydraulic system, further resulting in improved fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance.

Volvo offers 12 different configurations of tires (including single and twin) from eight different suppliers, to best match anticipated ground conditions. Customers can also select different arm lengths in line with jobsite requirements.

Optional hydraulic functions "X1 breaker/shear" and "X3 tilt rotate" provide power for attachments that require one- or two-way flow, as well as a two-way flow for tilting or rotating attachments, respectively. The corresponding buckets, breakers and grapples (together with a quick coupler) have all been purpose-built to work  with Volvo machines.

A special tool box drawer slides out from the undercarriage, saving time in transport and ensuring the excavator is always ready to work. This newly developed feature can carry up to 264 pounds (120 kg). Box dividers, which can be adjusted into five different positions, help the operator stay organized, while a mechanical stopper prevents the drawer from sliding out during transport or operation. There is further storage inside the cab.

Both models are approved for road use and can be fitted with a trailer hitch that can pull up to 17,637 pounds (8 tons) with dry run brakes and 6,613 pounds (3 tons) without brakes.

With a redesigned Human Machine Interface (HMI) system, all the machine controls have been ergonomically positioned for optimum control and efficiency, and the number of switches has been significantly reduced to simplify operator tasks with convenient, intuitive shortcuts and a larger 8-inch display.

All-round visibility is provided by the large windshield — both models have an improved view to the right — as well as the new optional Volvo Smart View feature. With Volvo Smart View, three cameras attached to different corners of the machine — the front, side and rear — combine to show real-time footage of the machine operating from above. The three cameras also film individual views of the front, side and rear of the machine.

The boom suspension system on the EW160E and the EW180E, with its hydraulic circuit and gas pressure dampers, enables the operator to travel faster over bumpy roads or rough terrain, while the overall hydraulic system has also been improved for greater responsiveness.

As soon as either machine is started, it automatically checks all fluid levels on board, including engine oil and hydraulic fluid, and alerts the operator on the electronic display if any attention is required. For ease of refueling, an electric fuel filler pump delivers more than 13 gallons (49 liters) of fuel per minute. It is conveniently located next to the fuel tank and can be accessed from ground level. Filters and greasing points are also accessible from ground level and are grouped together. Fast and easy access for cleaning and maintenance means regular checks are more likely to be done, spotting problems early and increasing the machine’s life.