JCB already seeing demand for electric excavator

Staffordshire based JCB has secured its biggest fleet deal to date for its brand new electric mini excavator.

Full production of the 19C-1E models - JCB’s first-ever electric diggers - started just weeks ago at JCB Compact Products in Cheadle.

Fully charged, the 19C-1E can put in a typical full day’s shift for a mini excavator. 

JCB also says they are five times quieter than its diesel counterpart,

Today (14 October) the company announced that A-Plant - one of the UK’s leading equipment rental companies - has invested a fleet of 10 of the electric machines in a deal worth more than £350,000.

Yvette Henshall-Bell, JCB’s Group Managing Director for Global Major Accounts, said: “JCB’s electric mini excavator is taking the industry by storm and we are delighted that A-Plant is leading the way by placing the largest order to date for this innovative product.”

Dave Harris, Business Development Director for A-Plant, said the investment was indicative of the company’s commitment to purchase a growing range of low or zero carbon products from key suppliers.

He said: “A-Plant is at the forefront of equipment hire in the UK and we pride ourselves on offering the most comprehensive, innovative and sustainable equipment in the industry.

“Each year we invest millions of pounds in new innovative products to ensure that our customers hire the most reliable, safe and environmentally friendly equipment available and we are excited to be taking the lead on electrification with our new fleet of electric JCB excavators. Offering all of the performance of a conventional excavator, but with added eco-friendly credentials, we’re sure the new fleet will be extremely popular with customers.

“Over the past year, we have witnessed significant customer demand for sustainable construction equipment and have made this a key focus of the company’s investment strategy. This year we have invested over £4 million low or zero carbon equipment and are proud to be able to deliver the latest, sustainable options to customers.”

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