UK based Explore Plant and Transport Solutions has purchased five units of the new 17 metre/4,000kg Faresin 17.40 full electric telehandler.
The lithium ion battery powered 17.40 and 4,500kg 17.45 were unveiled at Bauma in late October. They feature a 45.36 kWh 435 volt high-voltage lithium-ion battery pack powering two electric motors: a 51kW, drives the transmission, while a 23kW, is dedicated to the hydraulics.
Warren Wilkinson head of operations said: "At Explore we are passionate about expanding our green sustainable alternatives, and as such have been looking at Faresin telehandlers for some time, given the developments to their battery technology and the launch of the new 17 metre electric. We see this as a viable construction sector machine, which will meet the requirements of various projects that we are working on. The use of battery powered equipment is key to operating a sustainable construction site and we are delighted to be part of the introduction of this product to the market."
Mike Heneghan of Faresin distributor GGR added: “This is massive news and a serious commitment to sustainability and green innovation by Explore. The 17 metre electric telehandler has been highly anticipated as the next obvious step for this range. After trialling the smaller 6.26 model, Explore expressed their interest in a larger model very early on. This purchase is a massive statement to the market that Big Range electric telehandlers are here, and we know many notable projects are calling for them to be brought onboard.”
Established in 2015 by David Cox, Explore has grown rapidly and now runs a fleet 150 trucks including several equipped with Hiab knuckle boom cranes, plus 6,000 rental items, mostly earthmoving equipment, including excavators and dumpers, as well as surveying equipment and telehandlers the majority of which are from JCB. It operates from six locations with 300 employees and had revenues last year of £68.8 million. The business is jointly owned by the Cox family and Select Plant hire which took an early stake in the business.