First LGMG electric RT delivery in Europe
By Euan Youdale01 August 2022
The first lithium rough terrain LGMG telescopic booms are to be delivered into the European market will be delivered to Briggs Equipment Ireland.
Briggs Equipment, which is receiving the platforms through distributor Access Platform Sales (APS), has ordered models from across LGMG’s new all-electric telescopic boom lift range. The plan is to assess their capabilities and performance compared to equivalent diesel machines, with the strong expectation of placing further orders, said Briggs.
APS, the UK and Ireland distributor for LGMG, is due to deliver the platforms, launched in July 2022, in the autumn.
Briggs Equipment, which has more than 2,500 aerial platforms in its fleet, has operations in Ireland and the UK. the company’s short term hire manager Martin Masterson, said, “At Briggs Equipment, we’re committed to transitioning to more sustainable options in powered access.
“Our experience is that our customers want to join us on this journey, and we want to work with partners that are better positioned to help us make it a success.
“LGMG is the only supplier that can provide us with lithium RT booms we require for our fleet. Thanks to our existing relationship with APS, the collaborative support it provides, and the success we’ve had with the LGMG platforms we already operate, we’ve decided to make this further investment in their lithium product range.”
Briggs Equipment has selected three out of four of the new lithium telescopic boom models, with eight platforms ordered in the first tranche; those being, the 21.8m working height LGMG T20JE, with an outreach of 16.6m; The T22JE, with a working height of 23.8m and outreach 17m; and the T28JE, offering a working height of 29.8m and outreach 22.5m. The fourth platform in the range is the 27.9m working height T26JE, with an outreach of 22.3m.
Briggs Equipment has also placed orders for A14JE electric articulating boom lifts, which have a working height of 15.8m and an outreach of 7.81m.
APS Northern sales director Shane Paver, added, “Clearly, forward-thinking rental companies like Briggs Equipment, and their customers, are eager to embrace new technology, and current conditions in terms of high fuel costs, are reinforcing that thinking.”
Explaining the benefits of electric equipment, Martin Masterson, said, “Being able to offer lithium powered rough terrain boom lifts allows our customers to streamline their onsite fleets and increase utilisation rates by using the same platforms for internal and external work.
“We’ll be able to give our customers more innovative choices as they implement their own strategies to become more sustainable, low carbon businesses, at a time when ever stricter environmental regulations are becoming the norm.
“Also, with increasing diesel fuel prices, the rental costs of diesel and electric platforms for our customers are beginning to equalise, which is bringing down barriers to moving to using electric MEWPs.”
The new LGMG boom lifts are powered by a lithium-ion battery pack that allows the platforms to operate for two to three days at typical usage rates between charges.
Each has a variety of standard charging modes that allows regular and fast charging. All models are dual capacity - 300kg unrestricted and 450kg with restricted outreach - with 3600 platform slewing.
The boom lifts have 2.4m wide, triple entry baskets, four-wheel drive, four-wheel steer, with one touch wheel alignment, and oscillating axles. Platform weights range from 12 tonnes for the LGMG T20JE to 18.7 tonnes for the LGMG T28JE.