Electric telescopic forklift wins environmental accolade

L-R: JCB’s Rod Scott, Paul Wild, Sam Wilkinson and Lee Harper

JCB has won an environmental award for its new electric telescopic forklift.

The JCB Teletruk was launched in 1997 and offers users the benefit of forward reach thanks to its telescopic boom. The new electric version – the JCB 30-19E – has won The Environment Award from the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA), a trade body for the materials handling industry.

Judges said the machine was ‘ideal for urban environments’ thanks to its zero emissions and low noise levels. JCB has received a statuette – known as an ‘Archie’ – to mark the success.

JCB chief innovation and growth officer Tim Burnhope said, “It’s always an enormous thrill to be recognised by your industry peers and we are delighted to win the Environment Award from the Forklift Truck Association. The opportunities for the new electric Teletruk are immense both in terms of benefiting the environment in a very big way and reaching into new markets.”

Until the electric model’s launch, JCB’s Teletruks were powered by diesel and LPG and used predominantly in outdoor applications. With the launch of the new electric model, the Teletruk is suited for a wealth of additional tasks, including those inside buildings.