JCB starts full production of fully electric mini excavator22 August 2019

JCB has gone into full production with what it says is the construction industry’s first fully electric mini excavator.

The 19C-1E models – JCB’s first-ever electric diggers – are now coming off the assembly line at JCB Compact Products in Cheadle, Staffordshire, with orders rolling in from customers from across Europe and North America. So far more than 50 machines have already been delivered.

The firm says that the machine is five times quieter than its diesel counterpart and can be fully charged in under two hours. Fully charged, the 19C-1E can put in a typical full day’s shift for a mini excavator.

The machine also comes with JCB’s LiveLink telematics as standard, and is said to be ideal for working both indoors and outdoors, in factories, tunnels or basements, for digging foundations, or on utility projects.

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JCB chief innovation officer Tim Burnhope says: “In urban environments in particular, contractors are understandably very keen to operate zero emissions equipment whenever possible, including outdoors. I’m delighted that the model is now in full production after successful feedback from customers in many key markets during the evaluation stage.”

JCB Compact Products’ MD Robert Winter adds: “This is a historic moment for JCB and for JCB Compact Products. We are delighted to go into full production with the industry’s first fully electric mini excavator. The machine has a very promising future ahead of it.”

Adam Offord

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