Morrison Utility Services (MUS), the UK’s largest dedicated utility service provider and part of M Group Services, has introduced groundbreaking electric mini-excavators to its plant portfolio.
The adoption of the innovative JCB 19C-1 E-Tec excavators follows successful trials undertaken on behalf of client, Yorkshire Water. The excavator was showcased by Morrison Utility Services and M Group Services Plant & Fleet Solutions at the 2019 Yorkshire Water Sustainability Conference (16 and 17 July).
The fully electric 1.9 tonne excavator is the first of its kind in the UK and has been developed to meet the growing demand for a zero emissions machine that can work inside buildings, tunnels and other emissions-sensitive environments, as well as close to people in urban areas.
MUS Executive Director, John Edwards, commented: “The E-Tec excavators present clear environmental and sustainability benefits for our operational teams, as well as Yorkshire Water and its customers. In addition to offering zero emissions, the excavators are extremely quiet, making them an ideal solution for out-of-hours works taking place in urban streets, as well as works taking place around hospitals and schools. The machine also has a retractable undercarriage to enable it to negotiate confined spaces.”
The excavators have been sourced by fellow M Group Services business, M Group Services Plant & Fleet Solutions. M Group Services Plant & Fleet Solutions supports all M Group Services businesses, providing commercially effective vehicles, plant and specialist equipment and ensuring that they are safe, compliant and fit-for-purpose throughout their operation.
M Group Services Plant & Fleet Solutions Plant Director, Adrian Hart, added: “We are continually reviewing emerging alternative power technologies that can support the safety, sustainability and operational efficiency objectives of all M Group Services businesses and their clients.
“In comparison to standard machines that charge at 110V and need a 12 hour charge, these machines charge at 230V and require an eight hour charge, saving four hours of charge time. The excavators will also track and dig constantly for four hours which effectively equates to more than a full day of work on a single charge as the machines will not be in constant use.”
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