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JCB is launching a range of power packs to support its growing line of fully electric machinery – offering zero-emissions electrical back-up to remote and urban construction projects.

The JCB power pack range will be available with a choice of four or eight automotive quality, maintenance-free lithium-ion batteries. There is no requirement for daily checks, making them ideal for rental companies and contractors. The batteries’ depth of discharge is optimised to prolong the battery health and even after 2,000 full charge and discharge cycles (expected to be over 10 years), the batteries are guaranteed to still have over 85% of their capacity left.

Packaged in a robust steel canopy, the JCB power pack can be recharged from a mains supply, or an on-site generator. It can then be positioned within emissions-sensitive areas, such as indoors or in tunnelling projects, to provide a zero-emission recharge facility for machinery like JCB’s E-TECH 19C-1E fully electric mini excavator. The power packs can also be used to deliver back-up electricity on site, for lighting and security during the night, when site generators may be turned off.                                                                          

With compact 1.0m3 dimensions, the JCB power pack is supplied with fork pockets on each side of the steel canopy, to allow for easy on-site manoeuvrability. The units can be pallet mounted or stacked, to maintain a small footprint when space is at a premium.

JCB power packs provide a zero-emissions solution to varying on-site electrical demand, creating no noise or vibrations at the point of use and allowing longer operation of machinery in urban and emissions-sensitive areas. The power packs are a further demonstration of JCB’s leading role in the move towards a cleaner, low-emission future for construction equipment, building upon the growing range of JCB E-TECH electric machinery that will be available to customers,

JCB has also developed a new rapid Universal Charger, compatible with current and future E-TECH electric models. Working with machine electrical systems from 48V to 96V and above, the JCB Universal Charger offers customers a future-proofed off-board rapid-charging solution, to allow extended working capability with battery electric construction and industrial machinery.

All JCB E-TECH equipment is supplied from the factory with a standard built-in charger and rapid charger preparation, allowing customers to simply plug into the JCB Universal Charger for a high-speed boost to battery performance during the working shift. The charger unit, which is available through JCB dealers and JCB Parts, can easily be transported to site and located to suit the individual operation.

By offering a Universal Charger, rather than chargers dedicated to each product line, JCB is delivering a single rapid-charge solution, which can be used across a fleet of machines on site or in the depot.  The unit is capable of recharging the 19C-1E electric mini excavator from zero charge to full in just 2.5 hours and can be used to top-up machines during lunch breaks or when they are not in use.

Diggers and Dozers hosted an exclusive LIVE video show to mark the launch of these significant new machines. You can see that video here.

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