JCB launches first-ever all-electric telescopic handler

Leading British excavator manufacturer JCB recently introduced an electric Loadall telescopic handler—the first of its kind. The JCB 505-20E is a fully electric, zero-emissions version of the company’s successful diesel-powered Loadall model. It’s the latest sign that JCB is committed to helping the construction and agricultural industries transition away from fossil fuels and embrace clean energy.

Previously, JCB had launched a fully electric mini excavator as well as a fully electric forklift truck.

“JCB has taken a pioneering lead in the move to electric propulsion in construction, agricultural and industrial machinery, having successfully introduced the 19C-1E mini excavator and the 66-40E Teletruk to the market,” said Tim Burnhope, JCB Chief Innovation Officer. 

“As world market leader for telescopic handlers, the launch of the JCB 505-20E Loadall takes equipment electrification further into general construction, industrial and agricultural markets, offering a zero-emissions material handling solution with no compromise in performance or productivity. We are very excited about the prospects for this machine.”

The electric Loadall is powered by two electric motors: one, a 23hp traction motor, runs the driveline while the other slightly more powerful at 30hp, takes care of the hydraulic part of the machine. As for the battery, it’s a 96V lithium-ion that JCB says can last an entire shift on one charge—longer than your average 2 way radio! There is also an on-board charger that restores full battery life in as little as eight hours.

While the 505-20E is cleaner and quieter than its diesel counterpart, it sacrifices nothing in terms of lift capacity (2500kg maximum) and operator comfort. The machine’s dimensions and turn radius are also unchanged, and it is compatible with the same range of JCB attachments.

With headquarters in Staffordshire, England, JCB is a world leader in construction, agricultural and waste handling equipment. Its lineup consists of hundreds of machines in the categories of standard and compact excavators, backhoe loaders, compact track loaders, skid steer loaders and forklifts, among others.

It operates 22 production facilities on four continents and manages a global dealer network including 150 countries.

Jeffrey Boyle

Jeffrey Boyle is from Madison, Wisconsin, where he obtained his bachelor's degree in business communications. When he's not reading or writing about construction equipment and machinery, he can probably be found walking--or being walked by--his three Boston Terriers.

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