A row of five JCB 19C-1E electric mini excavators

A-Plant invests in electric with 10 JCB 19C-1E mini excavators

A-Plant – one of the UK’s leading equipment rental companies – has purchased a fleet of 10 electric mini excavators in a deal worth more than £350,000 through Greenshields JCB.  The biggest fleet deal to date comes just weeks after the 19C-1E going into full production.

JCB’s first-ever electric diggers are expected to be a big hit with companies working inside buildings and in emissions and noise-sensitive inner-city areas as the machine is five times quieter than its diesel counterpart. Fully charged, the electric excavator can put in a typical full day’s shift for a mini machine.

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.”

With many of the UK’s major contractors becoming increasingly environmentally conscious, A-Plant has committed to helping its customers reduce their impact on the environment and move towards a zero carbon future.

Dave 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 £4 million in low or zero carbon equipment and are proud to be able to deliver the latest, sustainable options to customers.”

Key features of the new 19C-1E electric mini excavators include:

  • Three or four lithium-ion battery packs providing a 15-20kWh storage capacity
  • Load-sensing hydraulic system delivering powerful digging performance
  • Sophisticated battery management system ensuring full-shift availability
  • Convenient on-board charger with 110V input for 12-hour recharging capability, plus the option for 230V charging when required
  • 8-hour recharging time and fast charge option allowing a full charge in under 2 hours.

To find out more about the 19C-1E, click here.


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