One of the UK’s leading equipment rental companies has invested in a fleet of 10 low-carbon JCB electric excavators in a deal worth more than £350,000.
A-Plant has made the investment to provide the latest low and zero carbon equipment, making it JCB’s biggest fleet deal to date for the brand new electric mini excavator – just weeks after it went into full production.
JCB manufactures equipment for construction, agriculture, waste handling and demolition and produces more than 300 types of machines, including excavators, diggers, tractors and diesel engines.
The new 19C-1E model is JCB’s first-ever electric digger from its assembly line in Cheadle, Staffordshire, with customers placing orders from across Europe and North America.
The new electric model claims to be five times quieter than its diesel version, allowing contractors to work inside buildings, in emissions and noise-sensitive inner-city areas and in tunnels or underground, without the need to install exhaust extraction equipment.
Dave Harris, business development director for A-Plant, 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.”
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.”
Mr Harris added: “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 £4million low or zero carbon equipment and are proud to be able to deliver the latest, sustainable options to customers.”
JCB has 22 factories across Asia, Europe, North America and South America and its products are sold in more than 150 countries.