JCB unveils first electric mini excavator

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JCB has unveiled its first ever electric excavator at its world HQ in the UK

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The new JCB 19C-I E-TEC mini excavator is the result of the company’s drive toward lower emissions technology and has been developed in secret at JCB’s world HQ in Staffordshire, UK. 

The 19C-I E-TEC produces zero carbon emissions and JCB says the digger will allow contractors to work inside buildings and in emissions-sensitive inner city environments. It also allows rail contractors to work underground without having to install costly exhaust extraction equipment.

JCB says the 1.9-tonne 19C-I E-TEC is the quietest digger in its range and is around five times quieter than its traditional diesel counterpart. This gives an advantage as contractors can work after normal hours in urban streets without disturbing residents, and also operate in other noise-sensitive environments such as hospitals or schools.

"JCB has been at the forefront of developing innovative, low emission construction equipment for many years," JCB chairman Lord Bamford says.

"In producing an electric JCB mini excavator, we are offering our customers a practical and affordable solution for applications that demand zero emissions and quiet operation."

The electric excavator replaces the standard diesel engine with an electric motor with three 104Ah battery packs producing a total of 312Ah (15kWh) of power. Torque is then delivered instantly using the excavator’s 48V electrical system.

"By replacing the diesel engine with an efficient, 48V electrical driveline, with the latest generation automotive battery cells, JCB has once again moved the mini excavator market forwards," JCB chief innovation and growth officer Tim Burnhope says.

The mini excavator features the same ROPS/TOPS and FOGS certified canopy as the rest of JCB’s next generation mini and midi excavator lineup. The 19C-I E-TEC also features a new box section main boom and dipper arm, with all hoses routed through the boom structure for added protection.

The boom pins and dozer pivot points come with graphite-impregnated bushings, which allows for 500-hour greasing intervals. Downtime is further reduced by the fact that the 19C-I E-TEC has no engine oil, coolant or fuel tank meaning there are fewer daily checks.

 The 19C-I E-TEC is expected to launch later in 2018.

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