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JCB launches new, compact electric telehandler

JCB has announced the launch of its all new compact electric telehandler, the 525-60E

In a boost for sustainable construction equipment, manufacturer JCB has announced the launch of the JCB 525-60E, a compact electric telehandler.

The latest release from JCB reaffirms the company’s commitment to sustainable construction equipment, further complementing its electric range of machines and compounding the announcement of the hydrogen combustion engine in March earlier this year.

JCB’s 525-60E telehandler is part of the company’s E-Tech range that is designed to represent the future of “clean and efficient machinery”, according to the company. The electric machine is emblematic of the future of sustainable construction: reduced noise, zero emissions and uncompromised performance when compared with its fossil fuel counterparts.

JCB’s newest telehandler can operate comfortably in urban areas, air quality-sensitive environments and confined spaces, with the elimination of carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. Furthermore, the telehandler’s lack of an internal combustion engine means that work on construction sites can be conducted with near-silent operation. This results in noise-sensitive projects and extended work hours being made available to owners and operators due to the lack of disturbance the machine exudes.

“The launch of the JCB 525-60E Loadall takes equipment electrification further into general construction, industrial and agricultural markets, offering a zero-emissions load handling solution with no compromise in performance or productivity,” says JCB’s Chief Innovation Officer Tim Burnhope. “We are very excited about the prospects for this machine.”

JCB has not compromised on performance levels with its new 525-60E telehandler. Offering the same high-level functioning as its conventional counterparts, the machine is powered by a 24kWh lithium-ion battery, resulting in a full day’s work on a single charge. To ensure that downtime is kept to a minimum, the machine comes with 240V and 415V charging capabilities. Additionally, the machine features constant four-wheel drive and three different steering modes to guarantee optimal productivity. 

On top of its lack of compromise with performance, JCB has also fully accounted for the necessary safety features that go hand in hand with the 525-60E telehandler. The machine is equipped with load control to prevent tipping when carrying heavy loads and the cab is also certified with ROPS and FOPS for operator protection. 

The machine possesses a design that offers enhanced visibility, boosting the precision an operator can work with, while advanced safety systems inbuilt to the machine ensure peace of mind for operators, workers and management. Because of the machine’s electric engine, the noise inside the cabin is severely reduced, providing a much more peaceful environment for operators to work and concentrate in.


According to JCB, the 525-60E provides significantly reduced operating costs, thanks to its maintenance free battery, reduced energy consumption and extended service intervals. The electric telehandler represents JCB’s commitment to efficiency, progress, and decarbonisation, signified by its dual electric motors, brake regeneration and regenerative hydraulics.

JCB’s products are distributed in Australia by CEA, the leading distributor for JCB, Atlas Copco Generators & Compressors, Ditch Witch, Dynapac, and Komptech. To find out more, visit 

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