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New Komatsu hybrid excavator makes UK debut

Komatsu HB215LC-1 hybrid excavator

Ridgway Rentals take delivery of first HB215LC-1 excavator in the UK

MARUBENI-KOMATSU Ltd have supplied five new Komatsu HB215LC-1 hybrid excavators to Shropshire-based Ridgway Rentals. With 1,700 of these models currently in action worldwide, the recent order is the first to be sold in the UK and provides the customer with a combination of high-performance and environmentally friendly features. 

Edward Prosser, marketing manager at Marubeni-Komatsu, said: ‘We are delighted to have completed the first ever UK sale of this distinct item of equipment and are excited that it is already being used on such an iconic project as the London Crossrail. 

‘These hybrids are probably the most reliable and technologically advanced in the industry today and represent a truly new generation of excavators. They not only provide optimum performance, but also deliver significant fuel savings compared with other similar excavators, meaning clients can reduce their carbon footprint and save money at the same time.’

According to Marubeni-Komatsu, the HB215LC-1 hybrid excavator boasts an average 25% less fuel consumption than a traditional excavator and approximately 30% less CO2 emissions. The machine incorporates an electric swing motor that captures and regenerates energy, converting it into electric energy which is then stored for use when the motor needs to accelerate, thus significantly reducing fuel consumption. 

Stuart Jones, director at Ridgway Rentals, said: ‘With the Government pledging to embrace new technologies in a bid to make the capital significantly ‘greener’ and to reduce the city’s CO2 emissions by 60% over the next ten years, it seems apt that this particular piece of equipment has been selected for use on one of their largest ever projects.  

‘We are thrilled to have taken delivery of the first of these hybrids and, with no excavators of this kind currently on the market, means we’re able to offer something a little bit different to our customers.  We’re currently awaiting delivery of the other four hybrids and are very much looking forward to showcasing to our clients nationwide just what they can offer.’

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