JCB reveals more about its first electric digger

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JCB has released more details about the 19C-1 E-Tec, its first electric digger, which was developed in response to market demands.

The zero emissions machine has been designed for indoors and underground applications and for use in close proximity to members of the public in urban areas.

JCB has confirmed that fast charging will be available for the vehicle at launch at the end of this year, and it will have an electric motor and three advanced lithium-ion battery packs, to deliver a full energy capacity of 15kWh.

The 2.1-ton mini excavator can be charged using a standard 230V domestic electricity supply and once fully charged is capable of digging at the same speed and power as a diesel equivalent.

JCB chairman Lord Bamford said, “JCB has been at the forefront of developing innovative, low-emission diesel powered construction equipment for decades. In fact, thanks to our clean diesel technology, typical JCB machines will be pretty close to zero emissions by next year.

“However with urbanization, machines are operating more closely to people as well as digging underground, indoors, near hospitals and in food production environments. As a result, there is a new zero-emissions sector emerging and it’s emerging very quickly. It’s for this reason we have put ourselves at the forefront of alternative power technologies and developed the first ever electric JCB digger.”

The vehicle was developed at the company’s Staffordshire headquarters in the UK and will be the quietest on the company’s line-up, allowing operators to work outside of traditional working hours with minimal disturbance to those in the vicinity.

The launch of the vehicle was last week and iVT was there, read about it here

March 29, 2018

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