To address these challenges an R&D project coordinated by RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden AB, started. Regal in a collaboration with companies within battery technology and machine builders from forestry and agriculture, team up with RISE to develop a modular battery swap system and electrify a combi forestry machine (forwarder and harvester combo) and an autonomous tractor. The goal is a functional battery swap system together with an electric combi forestry machine and an electric autonomous tractor that can be demonstrated at fairs during summer 2022.
With a modular battery swap system is the battery of a machine interchangeable. In this way can a discharged battery be changed to a fully charged battery, thus reduces downtime for charging and the battery can be recharged elsewhere if access to charging infrastructure is limited.
This also enable batteries to be shared among machinery, this improves the utilization rate of the battery as the battery always is used by a machine in operation. One step further is for machine owners to rent the battery when needed during the season. In this way the battery can utilized by ex. agriculture during the spring and snow maintenance equipment during winter.