First JCB electric mini diggers start arriving on site


JCB has started production of the construction industry’s first fully electric mini excavator.

The first 50 19C-1E model machines have been delivered as the diggers start rolling-off the assembly line.

Hirers L Lynch, Willow Hire and M Group Services have taken the first orders.

The machine is five times quieter than diesel models and can be fully charged in under two hours allowing it to put in a full day’s shift.

The model is expected to be a big hit with companies working inside buildings and in emissions and noise-sensitive inner-city areas.

Charging costs for the 19C-1E charging costs will mean a 50% saving compared to using red diesel, while servicing costs are expected to be up to 70% lower.

Tim Burnhope, JCB Chief Innovation Officer said: “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 added: “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.”


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