Our operatives  have given the new fully-electric mini-excavator from Takeuchi the thumbs up following a week-long site trial in November.

The new TB20e model was used by a team working in a residential street in Stratford, East London, as part of Falco’s framework contract to facilitate excavation services and (UMC) for UK Power Networks (UKPN).

Our team were very impressed explains machine operator Marius Serban:

“The electric model offers the same performance and is as easy to manoeuvre as a standard diesel digger but without having to inhale the fumes,” he says, “we have also been quite taken aback by its battery life which only uses about 25 to 30 per cent each day.”

If powered by renewably generated electricity during normal operations the Takeuchi excavator emits:

  • ZERO C02 emissions
  • ZERO NOx and particulates
  • 13Db less noise

We believe these benefits will enable Falco to not just achieve Net Zero but enhance the air quality and reduce disturbance in the areas we work. The new model is considerably less noisy then diesel-powered alternatives. During the trial our site team were able to engage in early morning activities with their site excavation works with minimal disturbance to residents in neighboring properties.

We have ordered two TB20e machines from plant supplier CBL to continue the trials next year with view to eventually replacing our fleet of mini-excavators with electric models in 2027/28.

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