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Zero emissions take centre stage

Utilising the JCB 525-60E in indoor spaces increases the options for end-users.

JCB has launched the 525-60E, the first fully electric version of the popular JCB Loadall, which offers a zero-emissions load-handling solution to construction, industrial and agricultural customers.

The all-new 525-60E compact telehandler is part of JCB’s pioneering 100 per cent electric E-TECH range. It offers zero emissions, less noise, and no compromise on performance. 

“This opens immense possibilities to operate wherever and whenever you need to,” JCB Chief Innovation Officer Tim Burnhope explains.

“JCB has taken a pioneering lead in the move to electric propulsion in construction, agricultural and industrial machinery. This follows the successful introduction of the 19C-1E mini excavator and the 30-19E Teletruk to the market,” he says.

“As a global market leader for telescopic handlers, the launch of the JCB 525-60E Loadall takes equipment electrification further into general construction, industrial and agricultural markets. The 525-60E offers a zero-emissions load-handling solution with no compromise in performance or productivity. We are very excited about the prospects for this machine.”

JCB CEA General Manager of Distribution Greg Sealey says the first electric machines arrived in Australia last month and are drawing a great deal of interest. 

“We had customer names to them before they hit our shores,” he says. 

“These machines will allow customers to have equipment operating that offers significant environmental benefits. Customers can play a part in reducing their carbon footprint by eliminating harmful emissions. This is particularly important where environmental consciousness and sustainability are increasingly prioritised. Switching to an electric telehandler demonstrates the customer’s commitment to green practices and can enhance their reputation as an environmentally responsible organisation.

“While the electric telehandler offers environmental benefits, it also provides a quieter and smoother operation than diesel models. This can be advantageous in noise-sensitive environments, such as urban construction sites or residential areas, where minimising noise disturbances is crucial.”

JCB is expanding its range of electric vehicles, with the 525-60E being the newest.
JCB is expanding its range of electric vehicles, with the 525-60E being the newest.

What’s different?

The 525-60E uses two proven electric motors, one for the driveline and the second to power the hydraulic system. The 17kW traction motor drives through a permanent four-wheel drive dropbox to proven JCB drive-steer axles. 

The 22kW hydraulic system motor powers a fixed displacement gear pump, delivering a maximum of 80 litres per minute of flow. Flow is proportional to joystick position, and the lift end is controlled by an electro-hydraulic valve block, with hydraulic regeneration on the boom lower and retract.


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The electric motors are 85 per cent efficient, which compares well with the 45 per cent efficiency of a diesel engine. Extensive analysis of customer duty cycles through JCB’s LiveLink telematics system and on-site studies, tests, and evaluation, has allowed JCB engineers to optimise the machine’s battery to meet customer requirements. The 96V lithium-ion battery can provide full-shift operation.

The traction drive motor utilises regenerative braking instead of a traditional braking system, topping up the battery. The hydraulic system also regenerates flow whilst lowering the boom, reducing the power requirement, and extending operating hours. The brake regeneration function automatically turns off once the battery is fully charged.

The machine has the same onboard charger as other JCB E-TECH products, capable of recharging the battery in eight hours using a standard 240V, 16A electrical supply. An optional JCB Universal Charger can be used for a rapid top-up during breaks in as little as 35 minutes.

Sustainable and quiet

The 525-60E has been designed to meet the current and future needs of customers in a variety of industry sectors, providing zero-emissions operation for working inside buildings, in underground construction, maintenance work and urban areas with stringent emissions regulations, such as London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

JCB is leading the way in clean technology and reducing harmful emissions in urban, air-quality sensitive environments and enclosed spaces. The 525-60E features zero carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate emissions. That reduces the environmental impact of projects while also allowing contractors to utilise the telehandler indoors or in emissions-restricted zones without needing extraction equipment.

A secondary benefit of electric operation is a significant reduction in noise levels, making the Loadall suitable for extended operation in sensitive urban job sites. The 525-60E delivers an in-cab noise level of just 66.7 decibels, while the external noise level is 92.2 decibels. A white noise reversing alarm is also available as an option to warn site workers of machine movement.

It offers immense flexibility to operate wherever and whenever a user needs the JCB 525-60E.
It offers immense flexibility to operate wherever and whenever a user needs the JCB 525-60E.

Comfort still key

The full-size ROPS/FOPS cab is well laid out and designed for fatigue-free operation, with easily located controls. 

The fully glazed cab has a 2.2kW heater, heated front, rear, and side screens for rapid defrosting and demisting and a heated suspension seat, ensuring the operator is comfortable during the colder months regardless of the outside temperature. 

The 525-60E also uses JCB’s well-proven and patented Load Control System, ensuring optimum safe load handling.

External dimensions are unchanged from the diesel model, and the 525-60E offers the same 3.7 metres outside turn radius. Maximum lift capacity is 2500 kilograms, with a 2000-kilogram maximum load at the full six-metre lift height. 

The machine has been designed to deliver similar cycle times as the diesel telescopic, with no performance loss. It can be used with forks, buckets, and other JCB Loadall attachments.

For more information, visit https://www.jcbcea.com.au/ 

This article was originally published in the August edition of our magazine. To read the magazine, click here.

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