Electrification spreads to construction equipment - here is an all-electric mini excavator
Fully Charged's Robert Llewellyn for one day turned into Bob the Builder to install a three-phase electricity cable into his house - to charge EVs at higher power, we assume.
The interesting part is that the mini excavator presented in the show is an all-electric JCB 19C-1E.
"The JCB 19C-1E is a 100% electric mini digger (excavator) and as Robert demonstrates with his amatuer excavator skills, it's a very capable and agile machine."
The JCB 19C-1E (see the official site here) is equally capable as the diesel version, but noise-free and zero-emission, which makes the operation so much easier and comfortable for operators and neighbors.
Using a standard 15 kWh lithium-ion battery (three packs), JCB 19C-1E should be ready for an entire day of work. The version presented in fully charged is equipped with a 20 kWh battery.
According to Fully Charged, battery state-of-charge decreased to 80% after over 3 hours of digging. Normal charging takes 8 hours at 1.8 kW, but there is also an option of faster charging in 2 hours.
The biggest advantage of an electric excavator besides silent operation and zero-emissions, especially important in buildings, are lower costs of electricity compared to fuel (by 50-60%) and lower maintenance costs.
All in all, it's just a better excavator and as batteries become better and better, we are looking forward to the electrification of bigger construction equipment too.