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Six electric Telehandlers for Flannery

UK rental company Flannery Plant Hire has taken delivery of six new Faresin 6.26 Full Electric telehandlers from UK distributor GGR.

Flannery was the first UK company to receive one of the new six metre/2,600kg compact electric telehandlers back in July (see: UK’s first All Electric telehandler) and has now taken further units based on feedback from the initial machine.
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Two of the six new Faresin telehandlers for Flannery

The purchase follows rapidly growing demand for environmentally friendly equipment over a wide range of industries - including construction - throughout the UK, particularly in low emission zones such as London. Faresin’s Full Electric Telehandler has a lithium-ion battery pack and offers a six metre lift height and 2,600kg maximum lift capacity, with 3.1 metres forward reach at which it can handle 900kg.

The battery can be opportunity charged without any damage or battery life reduction. A fast charging system allows the batteries to be rapidly topped up at convenient intervals throughout the day, such as during breaks, although Flannery found that the battery pack managed 10 hour shifts without a top up on the HS2 project where the first unit was deployed. An on board 110v charger can be used for overnight recharging on a regular power supply.

Faresin says that the standard 300Ah battery will last up to six hours of constant typical use with a recharge time of 1.5 hours from zero with the external fast charger. An optional 400Ah battery is available and will manage eight hours of standard usage, with a two hour rapid recharge time. Sales have been so positive for Faresin that it has ramped up to 50 units a month and plans to increase this to 70 units in the new year.
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The hand over

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\L-R) Sam Edwards of GGR with Niall Hester of Flannery

Flannery operations director Niall Hester said: “Following the demonstration of the eco telehandler at GGR’s Haddenham depot, we worked closely with them to find a suitable test site. The HS2 project seemed the natural option for this machine as the project focuses heavily on environmentally friendly innovation and reducing carbon emissions of assets. It has been very well received on site and has helped set up a concrete compound. The teams were able to get full 10 hour shifts with the machine without needing a re-charge. It was then left to charge overnight ready for the next shift. A fast charger was supplied to the customer which would have charged the machine in just under two hours, however it was not needed in the end.”

Paul Hester, operations director - South for Flannery added: “We have seen the electric telehandler being used successfully on some of the UK’s biggest projects, including work on the HS2 Main Works site in West Ruislip. Not only does the machine help Flannery’s Plant Hire reduce its environmental impact, we can pass this through the supply chain to help our clients achieve their low-carbon goals. The investment in a new fleet has given us a competitive advantage to meet the growing pressure to utilise low emission plant equipment on sites.”

Sam Edwards, Faresin sales manager at GGR added: “We are delighted to have worked with Flannery Plant Hire on this landmark sale for the UK market and look forward to working with them in the future to help grow their Electric Telehandler fleet. Following the purchase of their first machine in July, the investment in an additional five telehandlers is a true testament to the quality and capability of this machine.”

“The Electric Telehandler has been well received by the UK market and plant hire companies, as the demand for this machine has grown significantly over the last year. To help meet customer requirements we are now maintaining a growing stock of Eco Telehandlers ready for quick delivery and are also running three more units to our demonstration in order to allow contractors to experience the benefits.”

“Thanks to a new dedicated production line in Italy, we are also looking at faster turnaround times for custom orders. Faresin currently has a capacity to manufacture up to 50 machines per month however this will increase to 70 machines next year.”

In a recent issue of Cranes & Access we included a feature on Telehandlers in which we covered Flannery Plant Hire and its first electric telehandler working on the HS2 site. Read in full here: