New Hybrid Digger Makes UK Debut

New Hybrid Digger Makes UK Debut

The first sale of its kind in the UK of a unique hybrid excavator has been completed, with the machine's first deployment being the major Crossrail project in London.

Marubeni-Komatsu Ltd, whose head office is in the West Midlands and who is the sole UK distributor of Komatsu heavy machinery, has supplied five HB215LC-1 hybrid excavators to Shropshire-based Ridgway Rentals. With 1,700 of these hybrids currently in action worldwide, these are the first to be sold in the UK, and offer users an enviable combination of high performance and environmentally-friendly features.

Edward Prosser, Marketing Manager at Marubeni-Komatsu Ltd said: "We are delighted to have completed the first ever UK sale of this distinct piece of equipment and are really excited that it's already being used on such an iconic project as the London Crossrail.

"These hybrids are probably the most reliable and technologically-advanced in the industry today and represent a truly new generation of excavators. They are not only designed to provide optimum performance, but also offer significant fuel savings compared with other similar excavators, meaning clients can reduce their carbon footprint and save money at the same time."

The Komatsu HB215LC-1 hybrid excavator boasts an average 25% less fuel consumption than a traditional excavator and approximately 30% less CO² emissions. Its unique design sees an electric swing motor used in place of the traditional hydraulic motor which captures and regenerates energy, converting it into electric energy which is then stored for use when the motor needs to accelerate, thus significantly reducing fuel consumption.

Stuart Jones, Director at Ridgway Rentals, said: "With the Government pledging to embrace new technologies in a bid to make the capital significantly 'greener' and to reduce the city's CO² emissions by 60% over the next ten years, it seems apt that this particular piece of equipment has been selected to be used on one of its largest scale projects. Feedback from our client who is currently using the excavator on the London Crossrail project is that it not only performs well but uses a lot less fuel, which has got to be win:win for everyone.

"We are thrilled to have taken delivery of the first of these hybrids and, with no excavators of this kind currently on the market, means we're able to offer something a little bit different to our customers. We're currently awaiting delivery of the other four hybrids and are very much looking forward to showcasing to our clients nationwide just what they can offer."

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