GAP Group trials electric JCB mini excavator

By Belinda Smart26 April 2021

UK rental company GAP Hire Solutions is working with major customer infrastructure contractor Colas, to trial what it describes as “the industry’s first fully electric mini excavator.”

GAP says the new purpose built 19C-1E JCB excavator supplied to Colas also includes an enhanced fast charger, allowing it to work all day on a single charge.

The new 19C-1E from JCB can work for a day on a single charge.

In addition to zero carbon emissions, JCB’s mini excavator reduces noise levels by 7db.

Colas is trialling the excavator for multiple uses, such as minor road works in the regional business and within the Colas UK Projects business for major schemes.

A key project for the trial is the £38 million (€44 million) motorway scheme to improve the A46 Stoneleigh Junction in the west Midlands of England.

Colas CEO, Carl Fergusson, said; “The project team at the A46 have welcomed the opportunity to have this new electric mini excavator on behalf of the rest of Colas Ltd and have used it for a number of site activities to further extend our understanding of the best use for this important zero emissions solution.”

Mark Anderson, GAP Managing Director North, said the trial fitted the company’s strategy to be net zero by 2040.

“On a regular basis, we work closely with suppliers and customers to introduce new environmentally friendly products to the various industries and sectors we operate in.

“GAP is delighted to be collaborating with Colas, encouraging use of this innovative and environmental product throughout the construction industry and beyond.”

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