JCB expands its E-TECH range of zero-emissions machines with the launch of its first-ever electric Loadall telescopic handler model.
JCB has taken a pioneering lead in the move to electric propulsion in construction, agricultural and industrial machinery, having successfully introduced the 19C-1E mini excavator and the 66-40E Teletruk to the market. As world market leader for telescopic handlers, the launch of the JCB 505-20E Loadall takes equipment electrification further into general construction, industrial and agricultural markets, offering a zero-emissions material handling solution with no compromise in performance or productivity. We are very excited about the prospects for this machine.
Tim Burnhope, JCB Chief Innovation Officer
Key features of the new Loadall include:
- Dual electric motors for drive and lift deliver increased efficiency
- Brake regeneration boosts battery charge
- Regenerative hydraulics increase efficiency
- Full shift operation capability
- Range of charging options, including on-board and off-board rapid charging
The 505-20E uses two proven electric motors, one for the driveline and the second to power the hydraulic system. The 23 hp (17kW) traction motor drives through a permanent four-wheel drive dropbox, to JCB drive/steer axles. The 30hp (22kW) hydraulic system motor powers a fixed displacement gear pump, delivering a maximum of 21 gal/min (80 l/min) of flow.
Flow is proportional to joystick position and the lift end is controlled by an electro-hydraulic valve block, with hydraulic regeneration on boom function.
Extensive analysis of customer duty cycles, through JCB’s LiveLink telematics system and on-site studies, tests, and evaluation, has allowed JCB engineers to optimize the machine’s battery life to meet customer requirements. The 96V Lithium-ion battery is capable of providing full-shift operation.
The traction drive motor utilizes regenerative braking, instead of a traditional braking system, topping up the battery in the process. The hydraulic system also regenerates flow while lowering the boom, reducing the power requirement, and extending operating hours. The brake regen function automatically turns off when the battery is fully charged.
The machine has a 240V, 16A onboard charger capable of recharging the battery in 8-10 hours. An optional JCB Universal Charger can be used for a rapid top-up during breaks, in as little as 60 minutes.
The 505-20E has been designed to meet the current and future needs of customers in a variety of industry sectors, providing zero-emissions operation for working inside buildings including barns, in underground construction, vegetable and fruit storage centers, greenhouses, on environmentally friendly sites, around hazardous materials, and in urban areas with stringent emissions regulations.
In addition, the new telehandler can draw on low-cost renewable energy on farms and other rural enterprises that generate their own ‘green’ electricity.
A secondary benefit of electric operation is a significant reduction in noise levels, making the Loadall suitable for extended operation in noise restricted areas such as schools, inner-city work, around animals, and hospitals. The 505-20E delivers an in-cab noise level of just 66.7dB, while the external level is 92.2dB. A white noise reversing alarm is available as an option, to warn site workers of machine movement.
JCB has not compromised on operator comfort. The full-size ROPS/FOPS cab is ergonomically designed for fatigue-free operation, with easily located controls. The machine will be offered as a cab or canopy.
Maximum lift capacity is unchanged from the diesel model as the 505-20E has the same 5500 lbs (2500 kg) capability. External dimensions also remain the same with 12 ft 1in (3.7m) outside turn radius and overall height of 6 ft 2 in (1.89m). The machine has been designed to deliver similar cycle times as the diesel telescopic, with no loss of performance. It can be used with forks, a range of buckets, and many other JCB Loadall attachments.