JLG introduces boom lift battery conversion kit
By Euan Youdale10 December 2021
JLG is releasing a conversion kit for its 20.02m working height 660SJ telescopic boom lift, replacing the engine with a zero emissions battery solution.
In response to the increasingly urgent and growing demand for electric access equipment to work on low or zero-emission job sites, the company said it had created the conversion kit for selected diesel models. “This is a cost-efficient and convenient solution for rental companies seeking to extend the lifetime of their existing fleet by converting it to emission-free equipment,” said the company.
The lead acid conversion kit is available now, while the lithium version will be available in the second quarter of 2022. More models will be added in the near future.
JLG added that converting diesel-powered machines to electric battery power contributes to an increased residual value and lower total cost of ownership. Utilisation and rental rates could be improved, the company pointed out, as converted equipment can be used on a wider variety of projects, particularly those requiring low emissions and noise levels, such as residential urban areas.
It also extends the lifetime of equipment by making it compliant with more stringent regulations, which are expected to meet the EU’s 2030 deadline for 50% reduced emissions. The electric conversion kit is covered by warranty.
“While there is much to be gained from the conversion process, there are considerable losses, too,” said Barrie Lindsay, director of engineering at JLG EMEA. “The CO2 emissions of a rental fleet will be reduced dramatically – with an estimated reduction of 200kg over five years, per machine. Running costs can be cut by up to 80% due to decreased fuel consumption. Maintenance costs are also significantly lower – as there are fewer consumable parts requiring regular replacement with electric batteries compared with diesel engines.”