First 100% electric JLGs delivered to Riwal
By Leila Steed19 January 2021
Riwal has taken delivery of JLG Industries’ first 100% electric boom lifts, adding both the JLG EC450AJ and JLG EC520AJ articulating models to its rental fleets in Denmark and The Netherlands.
Powered by lithium-ion phosphate batteries and electric motors, the EC450AJ and EC520AJ articulating models are emission-free and offer working heights of 15.7m and 18m respectively.
Pedro Torres, Riwal CEO, said, “Our customers are increasingly demanding 100% electric machines to work at height, in order to execute their projects in the most sustainable way. We are proud to be among the first companies to purchase the new JLG machine types. As part of our Lifting Sustainability program, an increasing share of our fleet investment is in electric machines.”
According to Torres, 65% of the company’s European rental fleet is already comprised of electric machines. He said that the company, which has also converted diesel platforms with working heights of up to 43m to electric, plans to increase this to 75% by 2025.
Riwal, which celebrated its 25th anniversary as JLG’s official distributor last year, is planning to introduce the manufacturer’s electric models to rental firms and end users across Europe later this year.