Energy infrastructure company Jemena has unveiled an Australian-first electric powered cherry picker truck.
The electric cherry picker, formally known as an elevated work platform truck, will reduce Jemena’s carbon output by 30 tonnes per year.
Jemena executive general manager for electricity distribution Shaun Reardon said the electric cherry picker truck was made possible thanks to a partnership with Australian automotive technology company SEA Electric.
“SEA Electric are a Melbourne-based manufacturer of electric vehicles and leader in converting commercial vehicles from diesel to electric,” Mr Reardon said.
“The cherry picker was converted into an electric vehicle as part of a major reconstruction over a 12-month period.”
SEA Electric sales director for Australia and New Zealand Joe Di Santo said his team was excited to see the industry-first vehicle join Jemena’s Victorian fleet.
Originally a Niftylift-built diesel cherry picker, SEA electric converted the truck into a 100 per cent electric vehicle equipped with a 138kWh battery pack that provides about 200km of range.
The elevated work platform is powered by the truck’s battery which will be charged at the end of each day and takes around six hours.
The electric cherry picker began operating within the Jemena Electricity Network this week.