21.01.2022

Eight hours on a single charge

UK-based RJC Plant Hire has taken delivery of two new JCB 525-60E all-electric telehandlers

The six metre/2.5 tonne compact telehandler has been designed to deliver similar performance and cycle times as a diesel telehandler, but with zero emissions. See: JCB launches electric telehandler. The machines were supplied by dealer Watling JCB, complete with the JCB fast charge option.

RJC Plant Hire purchased the electric models in response to increasing demand from its customers for green equipment. However, it has been surprised by how well the battery pack is holding up in the real world, typically delivering eight hours of continuous operation on a single charge.

Managing director Peter Mullett said: “We have over 50 JCB telehandlers and have changed the majority of them over to HVO fuel for enhanced emissions performance. However, several of our major customers asking for even greener machines. The 525-60E machines have been excellent from day one. The battery life is brilliant, lasting significantly longer than competitors’ models we have tested. We can get eight hours of continuous operation from a single charge which is fantastic for our customers, giving several days’ worth of typical operations.”

“Also, JCB Finance helped me with the investment in these two machines. As a specialist asset finance company with years of experience in construction, they totally understood the needs of my business and the opportunity this purchase provided us with. I spoke to my local relationship manager and he put everything in place using the HP Plus facility. The excellent service and the access to JCB Finance Online makes life so easy.”

Family run RJC is based in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, and has been trading for over 20 years, serving clients in rail, construction, building, farming and landscaping.

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