Crane specialist goes electric in landmark deal

Bernard Hunter Mobile Cranes electric crane

SCOTLAND’S first electric-powered mobile tower crane has been snapped up by Bernard Hunter Mobile Cranes in a move described as raising the environmental bar to new heights. 

The Edinburgh-based firm has ordered the Spierings SK487-AT3, named ‘The City Boy’ by its manufacturers. 

The electric crane is due for delivery next year. It can also be used as a plug-in hybrid, with the back-up of a low emission Euro 6 diesel engine. 

The crane’s three-in-one cab design enables operators to use a single space for driving, elevator and crane cabin modes, while Intelligent Foot Print (IPF) outrigger technology automatically adjusts lifting capacity to ensure ‘maximum stability’ during all lifts.

“Our new Spierings electric mobile tower crane will keep us one step ahead of Scotland’s forthcoming city Low Emissions Zones (LEZs),” explained Mark Rafferty, MD at Bernard Hunter Mobile Cranes. “The City Boy gives us the potential to drive into Edinburgh in full electric mode. Once the vehicle is safely parked in its designated lifting position, we can plug it into the grid to work at 100% electric throughout the day. This will deliver zero emissions for an entire day’s work.”

Mark added that the machine will “revolutionise” urban operations for the company. 

“This new mobile tower crane can work at four different tower heights. Its compact dimensions and three steering axles will deliver unparalleled manoeuvrability levels, thereby offering our customers a flexible service with industry leading, safety standards.”