Select Plant Hire has received the UK’s first Liebherr LR 1250.1 electric crane.
Select is the second company in the world to introduce the 250-tonne capacity lattice jib model into its fleet, following its worldwide launch last year.
The arrival of the ‘unplugged’ crawler marks the beginning of a planned fleet of battery-powered machines for Select in its drive towards zero emissions.
In so-called ‘socket operation’, the crane’s performance is identical to the diesel-powered version and in unplugged mode can operate for a full shift under normal operating conditions.
Alternatively, the batteries supply sufficient energy for the erection of the main boom with luffing jib and travel over a distance of approximately 650 metres. The crane can operate fully when connected to a conventional electric supply or be recharged in 4.5 hours.
Alex Warrington, Business Unit Leader, commented: “We identified crawler cranes as an area of potential for electric machines and are proud to partner with Liebherr whose exciting product development has made this a reality. The industry is placing a much greater value on sustainability, energy consumption and zero carbon targets.”
Pictured at the handover at Liebherr-GB, Biggleswade are, left to right, Select’s Paul Griffin, Alex Warrington and Eddy Carr, Richard Everist and Mark West of Liebherr, Steve Bradby of Select.