UK’s first electric crane begins work
The UK’s first electric crawler crane has begun operating onsite.
The crane, manufactured by Liebherr and operated by Select Plant Hire (part of construction firm Laing O’Rourke), performs identically to its diesel-powered counterpart.
Batteries supply enough energy for the erection of the main boom with luffing jib and travel over 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 at Select, said to Construction Enquirer: “With one of the largest fleets of crawler cranes in the UK, we have always sought to lead the industry by sourcing cranes with the latest technology engines.
“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.”