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JCB powers up production

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With more than 50 machines already delivered, JCB has stepped up to full production mode with its first fully-electric mini excavator. And Volvo’s contender is at the customer testing stage.

Orders are said to be “rolling in” from customers across Europe and North America for the 19C-1E, which is claimed to be five times quieter than its diesel counterpart and can be fully charged in less than two hours.

The model, now coming off the assembly line in numbers at JCB Compact Products in Cheadle, Staffordshire, is expected to prove popular with companies working inside buildings and in emissions- and noise-sensitive urban areas.

The manufacturer says ownership costs will be cheaper; over the first five years, charging costs will be 50% less for users who would otherwise be using red diesel. Servicing costs are also expected to be up to 70% lower.

Chief innovation officer Tim Burnhope 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.”

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Following the unveiling of its first electric compact, the ECR25 Electric, at Bauma earlier this year, Volvo has now delivered the machine to a French contractor for customer testing.

Spac, part of the Colas Group, is using the 2.5-tonne machine for digging trenches at a golf course near Paris. The excavator is expected to be available in selected markets from mid-2020.

Alexandre Birot, Spac’s machine operator (pictured), commented: “When we talk to the guy in the trench we don’t have to yell, we talk normally and he can hear everything. With a traditional excavator we first have to turn the engine off for him to be able to hear.

“What’s more, when we spend the whole day in the trench, usually he would inhale a lot of fumes but now there’s no exhaust gas for him to inhale.”

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