Over the past few years, manufacturers have increased the number of hybrids and battery-powered machines available to their customers, including rental stores. Certain categories of equipment are making the transition from diesel or gas-only power to incorporate new technologies, such as light towers, aerial lifts and mini excavators.
As electric power cars become more of a norm than a novelty, and battery technology continues to advance, the likelihood of more manufacturers switching to alternative power for construction equipment becomes greater.
“We anticipate a continued increase in interest surrounding hybrid, dual fuel and alternative energy machines moving forward,” says Bill Dovey, senior product manager, aerial work platforms, JLG Industries, an Oshkosh Corp. company, McConnellsburg, Pa.
Zach Gilmor, Genie product manager, Terex AWP, Redmond, Wash., says the market for hybrid equipment specifically is driven by a couple of factors — the versatility offered by the hybrid powertrain and the desirability of a lower-cost solution to Tier 4 emissions regulations.
By Wayne Walley
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