GAP customer trials electric excavator on £38m roads project

GAP Hire Solutions has supplied Colas Ltd with an electric excavator for use at a £38 million project for major improvement works to the A46 Stoneleigh Junction being delivered by Colas SIAC.

The JCB 19C-1E is the industry’s first fully electric mini excavator. The model GAP has supplied includes the enhanced fast charger which allows it to work all day on a single charge.

Colas CEO, Carl Fergusson, said, “Developing environmentally friendly solutions has the highest priority at Colas. The project team at the A46 have welcomed the opportunity to have this new electric mini excavator on behalf of the rest of Colas Ltd and have used it for a number of site activities to further extend our understanding of the best use for this important zero emissions solution.”

As well as providing zero carbon emissions, the mini excavator also reduces noise levels by 7db. Colas is trialling this excavator for multiple uses, such as minor road works in the regional business and within the Colas UK projects business for major projects.

Mark Anderson, MD North at GAP, added, “GAP’s aim is to be net zero by 2040 and we are always working with this in mind. On a regular basis, we work closely with suppliers and customers to introduce new environmentally friendly products to the various industries and sectors we operate in. GAP is delighted to be collaborating with Colas, encouraging use of this innovative and environmental product throughout the construction industry and beyond.”