UK aerial lift, cranes and glass handling rental company Hird has taken delivery of the first two 60ft Genie S-60 FE hybrid telescopic boom lift to be delivered to a UK rental company.
The S-60 FE was launched at Vertikal Days in May having been announced just a few days earlier. See: Genie to launch hybrid telescopics.
The S-60 FE, purchased through Genie distributor Workplatform, offers a working height of 20.6 metres and a maximum outreach of 12.3 metres with a 1.83 metre jib offering 130 degrees of articulation and an unrestricted platform capacity of 300kg.
The new machines use Genie’s tried and tested AC electric wheel motor drive system from the company’s 60ft Z-60 DC and FE articulated boom lifts, with four wheel drive plus electronic traction management, regenerative braking and start-stop technology as well as active oscillating axles. The S-60 DC weighs 7,983kg while the FE version weighs 8,051kg.
Hird managing director Phil Hird said: "We are delighted to be the first access rental company in the UK to be able to offer customers these Genie S60 FE platforms. It reflects our commitment to continuously modernise our access fleet and to provide clients with cutting edge platforms that deliver more productive and sustainable working at height options. With the price of diesel increasing dramatically, being able to operate with electric power and highly fuel-efficient hybrid technology is a big advantage that our customers recognise. More and more of them want to use hybrid or electric booms which is why we are investing heavily in technology like this.”
Dean Brooks of Workplatform added: "These high performance hybrid boom lifts will play a key role over the next decade in driving the transition away from thermal engines to full electric power. We're very pleased to be able to assist Hird in taking a place in the vanguard of this movement."