Xerotech, Agder to electrify fleet of mining, construction machines

By Chad Elmore07 May 2021

Companies to electrify over 200 machines using Xerotech’s Hibernium battery platform.

Xerotech, a manufacturer of lithium-ion battery systems, and Agder Gruppen, a supplier to the construction and mining industries, announce that they will be electrifying over 200 units of construction and mining machinery over the next five years using Xerotech’s scalable Hibernium battery platform. The collaboration reportedly represents Xerotech’s entry into the Scandinavian market as well as Agder’s strong move into battery-electric equipment.

“The partnership with Agder Gruppen is very exciting for Xerotech as their equipment portfolio is exactly what we designed our Hibernium platform for,” said Dr. Barry Flannery, CEO and founder of Xerotech. “Until now, it has been virtually impossible for construction and mining equipment suppliers to electrify these low-volume high-diversity machines. We are providing Agder Gruppen with a complete common platform solution across all machines eliminating bespoke engineering and development per machine.”

Xerotech, founded in 2015 and headquartered in Ireland, is a manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion battery systems for use in industrial and commercial applications. The company’s 50,000 sq.ft. manufacturing facility is home to over 40 engineers and a 50 MWh pilot manufacturing line.

“The Scandinavian market is at the forefront of heavy-duty electrification worldwide and our partnership with Agder will enable both of our companies to lead the market’s transition to zero-emission machinery,” said Thomas Tomaszewski, vice president of Business Development at Xerotech.

The non-road mobile machinery world is widely being recognized as the next frontier of electrification.

“The industry is changing and we have worked intensively over the past year to come up with solutions for fossil-free machines,” said Kjell Vidar Hamre, Agder’s CEO. “It is important for the industry that we as suppliers take responsibility, and take guidelines and political decisions seriously. We will soon come up with more products that are both electric and battery powered.”

Agder Gruppen is a one-stop supplier in hiring, purchasing, rebuilds and sales of machinery and equipment for the tunnel and construction industry. The company was established in 2015 with a head office in Kristiansand, Norway, and now has more than 80 employees.

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