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M O’Brien first to take new JCB 525-60Es

JCB E-Tech electric Loadall telehandler

St Albans-based demolition firm takes delivery of JCB’s first-ever electric Loadalls  

M O’Brien have strengthened their mobile plant fleet with the addition of two new JCB 525-60E Loadall models. The demolition specialist is the first in the UK to take delivery of the all-electric telescopic handler, which is said to offer a zero emission, load handling solution with no compromise in performance or productivity.

The 525-60E Loadall is part of JCB’s new range of E-Tech zero-emissions machines as the manufacturer looks to take equipment electrification further into the construction, industrial and agricultural markets. 

The 525-60E uses two proven electric motors – one for the driveline and the second to power the hydraulic system – thanks to a 96V lithium-ion battery which is capable of providing full-shift operation.

The traction drive motor utilizes regenerative braking instead of a traditional braking system, topping up the battery in the process. The hydraulic system also regenerates flow whilst lowering the boom, reducing the power requirement and extending the operating hours.

The JCB Loadall has a range of charging options, including an on-board charger capable of recharging the battery in 8h using a standard 240V, 16A electrical supply and an optional JCB Universal Charger for rapid top-up (charging up to 35min) during breaks.

The 525-60E has been designed to meet the current and future needs of customers in a range of sectors such as demolition and construction, providing zero-emissions operation in urban areas with stringent emissions regulations, including London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). 

Michael O’Brien, founder of the M O’Brien Group, commented: ‘JCB has always been about firsts; my first machine was a JCB, my first fully electric excavator was JCB, and now we are happy to be the first customer to take delivery of the new E-tech 100% electric telehandlers. 

‘Over the years it has become very apparent that the construction industry has a part to play in reducing the carbon emissions it produces. We must initiate this change and adopt more sustainable machinery across our fleet.’

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