08.04.2021

First Unplugged Liebherr in UK

The first 250 tonne Liebherr LR 1250.1 Unplugged electric crawler crane in the UK has been handed over to Select Plant Hire.

The new crane is only the second of Liebherr’s new Unplugged models to be shipped so far, the first having gone to a Kynningsrud/Nordic Crane - see: Liebherr unveils electric crawler cranes.

The new crane is the first in a planned fleet of battery powered machines for Select, a division of engineering firm Laing O’Rourke. As well as being able to run a typical shift on the lithium-ion battery pack, it can operate while plugged in and recharging.
At the handover at Liebherr’s UK base in Biggleswade (L-R) Paul Griffin, Alex Warrington and Eddy Carr of Select, with Richard Everist and Mark West of Liebherr and Steve Bradby of Select

Select business unit leader, Alex Warrington, said: “With one of the largest fleets of crawler cranes in the UK, we have always sought to lead the industry by sourcing cranes with the latest technology engines. We identified crawler cranes as an area of potential for electric machines and are proud to partner with Liebherr whose exciting product development has made this a reality. The industry is placing a much greater value on sustainability, energy consumption and zero carbon targets.”
A closer look at that ceremonial key – Eddy Carr and Richard Everist

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