GLOBAL plant giant JCB has announced it has gone into full production of the construction industry’s first fully electric mini excavator – with more than 50 machines already delivered.

The 19C-1E models – the manufacturer’s first-ever electric diggers – are now coming off the assembly line at JCB Compact Products in Cheadle, Staffordshire, with orders rolling in from customers from across Europe and North America. 

The machine is described as being five times quieter than its diesel counterpart and is expected to be popular with companies working inside buildings and in emissions- and noise-sensitive inner-city areas. The 19C-1E can be fully charged in under two hours and when fully charged, can put in a typical full day’s shift for a mini excavator.

The 19C-1E is also said to offer customers great cost-of-ownership benefits, with research highlighting that over the first five years, charging costs will be 50 per cent cheaper for customers who would otherwise be using red diesel. Servicing costs are also expected to be up to 70 per cent lower compared to the diesel model, JCB said.