The UK’s FIRST 35 tonne Terex Fuchs electric material handlers aid Lancashire Renewables Ltd commitment to cut carbon emissions

With local authorities nationwide holding a pivotal role in meeting the net zero emissions target by the new date of 2035, Lancashire Renewables Ltd welcome the UK’s first fully electric 35 ton waste handlers to the industry.

Local authorities are very much on the front line when it comes to addressing the climate emergency we find ourselves in, with transport electrification already key in meeting the UKs environmental commitments, more and more heavy machinery manufacturers are developing their electric and hybrid technologies to combat climate change too.

Sean McGeary of Blue Machinery (Central) Ltd, official Terex Fuchs machinery dealer for the UK, explains, “This technology has been long established for almost a generation across Northern Europe with huge incentives for businesses to invest in electric machines. In the UK market, we are not ‘re-inventing the wheel’ we are simply borrowing the learnings and experience of the OEM’s to supply our own home market. There is an accelerated attitude of change towards these new methods and at Blue we feel well prepared to service our customers.”

Fuchs MHL850 electric materialhandler

Today the attitude to electric and battery powered vehicles and machinery is changing rapidly with many authorities already investing in electric powered cars, vans, sweepers and refuse trucks. The investment into the two 35 ton electric powered material handlers, the first of their kind in the UK, demonstrates Lancashire Renewables Ltd’s commitment to clean air.

Supplied by Blue Machinery (Central) Ltd via national contract hire specialists, Contract Plant Rental, Lancashire Renewables Ltd look set to make an impact with their new electric powered machines.

Lancashire Renewables Ltd Procurement Manager, Alistair Pope explains, “Following an open and successful tender, Contract Plant Rental fully understood and supported our operational requirements to the fullest extent; with their selection of the Fuchs MHL850F promising to be a formidable piece of equipment.” Adding, “Lancashire Renewables Ltd are excited at the prospect of a continued relationship with Contract Plant Rental and the support to move towards more environmentally friendly equipment.”

In addition to the increasing drive to reduce emissions across the country, the recently announced abolition of red diesel, a popular fuel used in the heavy machinery sector, means come April 2022 many businesses are set to see a significant rise in their fuel bill. Sean McGeary comments, “I feel that 2022 will see a significant increase in the demand for electric machines across the spectrum for traditional diesel hydraulic mobile machines especially due to the change in diesel tax legislation as well as a general change in attitude across the construction associated sectors for decarbonisation and planning for the future.”

Now is the ideal time for companies to consider replacing their traditional diesel-powered machines for new cost effective electric / hybrid machines. Fuchs electric machine are proving themselves daily in a variety of applications around the world in countries such as Holland, Germany and Sweden. The Fuchs MHL850F electric drive material handler is designed and built specifically for waste, scrap and port applications, destined to be reliable, economically efficient and environmentally friendly in one.

On long term hire by Contract Plant Rental, the Fuchs material handlers offer zero emissions, no exhaust gasses and significantly reduced noise and heat output. The low energy consumption enormously reduces the environmental impact and the low maintenance costs provide a huge benefit.

Fuchs electric material handler loading scrap and waste

Not just better for the environment, the electric powered material handlers offer more efficient working hours, reduced operating costs, up to 60% saving compared to diesel powered equivalent machines all without compromise on the performance and quality. The electric motor means low operation and service costs as oil changes, servicing of moving parts of the diesel engine and refuelling are no longer necessary.  As an additional benefit, the full torque is immediately 100% available when operating which gives more output than traditional diesel-powered machines.

Richard Creighton, Operations Manager for Contract Plant Rental adds, “As electric cars become a staple on our roads its only natural that all diesel powered plant will be heading in that direction, its advantages in terms of running costs and operator health benefits make it the obvious choice for a wide and varied number of applications.”

“As custodians of the industry for a relatively short period of time, we owe it to the next generation to look for processes that not only look after our own health but also that of the planet, The waste industry continues to spear head the move from landfill to recycling, the move to electric machines powered by carbon neutral solar and wind power will be a natural progression from its diesel powered predecessor. Saving money on fuel with the aim of Zero emissions.”

Set on creating a cleaner and more sustainable future together, Contract Plant Rental look forward to working with local authorities nationwide to help combat climate change.

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