Electric dreams for Loadall as new telehandler is released

JCB is launching the firm’s first electric Loadall telehandler in the shape of the new 525-60E.

Designed to deliver the same performance as the conventional diesel-powered machine, the 525-60E offers a zero-emissions load handling solution.

Features include dual electric motors for drive and lift, brake regeneration to boost battery charge, regenerative hydraulics, full shift operation capability, and a range of charging options, including on-board and rapid charging.

JCB chief innovation officer Tim Burnhope said, “JCB has taken a pioneering lead in the move to electric propulsion in construction, agricultural and industrial machinery, having successfully introduced the 19C-1E mini excavator and the 30-19E Teletruk to the market.

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

The machine has the same on-board 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 in as little as 35 minutes.

JCB revealed that the full-size ROPS/FOPS cab is designed for ‘fatigue-free’ operation. The fully glazed cab has a 2.2kW heater, heated front, rear and side screens, and a heated suspension seat. The 525-60E also uses JCB’s patented Load Control System.

External dimensions are unchanged from the diesel model and the 525-60E offers the same 3.7m outside turn radius. Maximum lift capacity is 2,500kg, with a 2,000kg maximum load at the full six metre lift height.