JCB have announced its biggest fleet deal to date for the brand new electric mini excavator – just weeks after going into full production. The 19C-1E models – JCB’s first-ever electric diggers – are coming off the assembly line at JCB's production plant in Cheadle, Staffordshire, with orders rolling in from customers from across Europe and North America.

JCB have reported that A-Plant – one of the UK’s leading equipment rental companies – has invested in a fleet of 10 of the electric machines, in a deal worth more than £350,000.

Yvette Henshall-Bell, JCB’s Group Managing Director for Global Major Accounts, commented:

“JCB’s electric mini excavator is taking the industry by storm and we are delighted that A-Plant is leading the way by placing the largest order to date for this innovative product.”

Dave Harris, Business Development Director for A-Plant, added that the investment was indicative of the company’s commitment to purchase a growing range of low or zero-carbon products from key suppliers.

Speaking on the move, Dave Harris said:

“A-Plant is at the forefront of equipment hire in the UK and we pride ourselves on offering the most comprehensive, innovative and sustainable equipment in the industry."

“Each year we invest millions of pounds in new innovative products to ensure that our customers hire the most reliable, safe and environmentally friendly equipment available and we are excited to be taking the lead on electrification with our new fleet of electric JCB excavators. Offering all of the performance of a conventional excavator, but with added eco-friendly credentials, we’re sure the new fleet will be extremely popular with customers.”

The new 19C-1E model is a staggering five times quieter than its diesel counterpart, and is expected to be a big hit with companies working inside buildings, in emission and noise-sensitive inner-city areas, and in tunnels or underground (without the need to install exhaust extraction equipment). When fully charged, the 19C-1E can put in a typical full day’s shift for a mini excavator with a much reduced carbon footprint.

Dave Harris concluded:

“Over the past year, we have witnessed significant customer demand for sustainable construction equipment and have made this a key focus of the company’s investment strategy. This year we have invested over £4million low or zero-carbon equipment and are proud to be able to deliver the latest, sustainable options to customers.”

Edited by Josh Heath