Select plant hire orders first electric crane

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Select plant has ordered the world’s first battery-powered electric crawler crane, Laing O’Rourke’s sister plant hire firm has identified that electric is the way forward.

A world first elctrics crane that has been designed by Liebherr, can run at very low noise levels making it very suitable for inner city work, the 250 tonne all-electric crawler crane will be delivered to Select in March.

The power plant is an electric engine with a system performance of 255 kW, and operates emission-free and is a new green offering from Select to it already large fleet of cranes.

Business unit leader Alex Warrington, at Select Plant Hire, commented saying: “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 have made this a reality.

“The industry is placing a much greater value on sustainability, energy consumption and zero carbon targets.


“Our aim is to play a key role in helping to drive this change across the industry by partnering with clients and contractors to deliver innovative solutions to this global challenge.”

The battery can be recharged on a conventional construction site electric supply but the battery at present only has a 4 hours lifting operation.

This crane seems to be a growing trend towards electric plant as reported only last week about JCB’s electrics plant offerings