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Digging deep to tackle climate change: JCB’s quiet revolution

Now in production at the company’s Staffordshire plant, and with around 200 sales already achieved, the prosaically named JCB 19C-1E electric mini excavator represents a breakthrough for the company and for combating emissions and climate change. For this JCB is the construction industry’s first fully electric mini excavator – there is no internal combustion engine, even in “hybrid” partnership with the electric motor. This JCB is powered purely by lithium-ion batteries, of the same type used in the Nissan Leaf all-electric car. A key requirement for winning the prize is that the product or innovation should be fully commercially available, and the electric JCB is just that, representing about a 10 per cent market share in the compact digger market.