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Bennie Equipment invest in New JCB 525-60E Electric Telehandler

Bennie Equipment announce that they are one of the first U.K. companies to purchase the new totally electric 6m/2.5 tonne telehandler. Within minutes after the official launch on the 18th November 2020, Bennie Equipment placed an order.

The JCB 525-60E has been completely redesigned with new running gear, utilising a 96v lithium-ion battery pack, while dealing out the same performance as it’s diesel powered variant. The onboard charger can recharge the telehandler overnight from a standard 230 volt 16 amp outlet, coupled with the JCB Fast Charge remote three phase charger, which allows for an 80% charge in 60 minutes, or full recharge from empty to full in 2.5 hours.

Jason McNally, Manging Director at Bennie Equipment could immediately see the benefits of the new JCB all electric telehandler and comments:

“Many companies see lithium-ion powered equipment as the future. We have seen demand continue to grow as many of our customers have already taken fleets of lithium-ion powered forklift trucks. All feedback from our customers has been positive and we are seeing many more enquiries on how to change from gas, diesel & even electric (Lead Acid) powered vehicles.

I think the uptake for lithium-ion started very slowly due to the cost Vs alternative power options on the market, but the industry now seems to be looking at things differently and realising the lifetime costs of equipment rather than just headline pricing. Unlike lead acid batteries, lithium-ion batteries require no maintenance & can charge up to 8 times faster than lead acid, they can charge to 80% in 60 mins.

We are absolutely thrilled to be adding the new JCB 525-60E to our hire fleet. We did look at other options that were also very impressive but we have seen the journey JCB have been on with lithium-ion, they have already successfully built the E-tech Mini Excavator, so we have confidence in the their battery technology. When we then factor in JCB as perhaps one of the best-known brands of telehandler in the world & it made our choice very easy.

Our new JCB 525-60E will be available to hire throughout the U.K. from late January 2021 and we hope that Bennie Equipment can help our customers operate and deliver projects in a much greener way that benefits the environment. We are still only at the beginning with lithium-ion but due to more electric vehicles, MHE equipment & now plant, this is already having a positive impact on the environment as there has been a reduction in carbon emissions.”

Bennie Equipment have purchased the new JCB from dealers Watling JCB, following a long-standing relationship between Jason and Ben Walker, that spans nearly 30 years.

Ben Walker (Watling JCB Area Sales Manager) says: “Following the official announcement of the new all electric JCB 525-60E telehandler, we knew that there would be a quick uptake in interest. Jason and I have had discussions in the past stating that once an Electric JCB Telehandler is launched, they would be one of the first on the list to add the new and innovative machine to their fleet. I would like to say a personal thank you and on behalf of Watling JCB to Bennie Equipment for the ongoing business and support.”

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