JCB Chairman Lord Bamford who has spearheaded the company's development of its first ever electric digger.

JCB launches electric mini digger

JCB is claiming an industry breakthrough after developing its first ever excavator that runs entirely on electricity.

The firm said it had produced the battery powered digger to meet customer demands for a zero emissions machine that can work indoors, underground and close to people in urban areas.

The 1.9 tonne electric mini excavator can be charged by simply plugging it into a standard 230 volt domestic electricity supply.

1.9t electric excavator’s advanced lithium-ion battery packs deliver a full energy capacity of 15kWh for a day.

Once fully charged, it is ready to put in a full normal working day on the building site – digging with the same speed and power as its diesel counterpart.  Super-fast charging will also be available at launch, slashing the charging time in half.

The innovative19C-1 E-Tec will go on sale at the end of year after being developed in secret at the company’s Staffordshire HQ.

Its development has been spearheaded by chairman Lord Bamford who today heralded its arrival as a “real breakthrough” for construction.