JCB has released its first electric excavator, touted as the quietest digger in
The manufacturer says the zero-emission JCB 19C-1 E-TEC mini excavator will allow contractors to work inside buildings and in emissions-sensitive inner city environments.
It will also allow rail contractors to operate in tunnels and underground, without having to install costly exhaust extraction equipment.
Another advantage that the external noise, at 7dBA lower, is a massive five
times quieter than its traditional diesel powered counterpart.
JCB says the fully charged electric machine is capable of putting
in a full shift in normal operation.
“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,” chief innovation and growth officer Tim Burnhope said.
“The 19C-1 E-TEC will provide contractors with a zero-emission, low-noise solution, allowing them to work independently, in late night urban conditions, within buildings and even in rail tunnels with no requirement
for costly exhaust extraction equipment.
“The 19C-1 E-TEC points the way to a new zero-emission future for JCB mini excavators.”
Initially, the mini excavator will be available with the ROPS/TOPS and FOGS certified canopy.
As the electric excavator is based on the premium specification 19C-1, it comes with proportional rocker switches for auxiliary functions and boom offset swing.