MACHINERY manufacturer JCB has lifted a top environmental award for its new all-electric telescopic forklift.

The JCB Teletruk was launched in 1997 and claims to be the world’s only telescopic lift truck to offer users the benefit of forward reach. Now the new electric version of this popular machine – the JCB 30-19E – has won the Environment Award from the Fork Lift Truck Association, Europe’s leading trade body for the materials handling industry.

JCB chief innovation and growth officer Tim Burnhope said: “It’s always an enormous thrill to be recognised by your industry peers and we are delighted to win the Environment Award from the Forklift Truck Association. The opportunities for the new electric Teletruk are immense both in terms of benefitting the environment in a very big way and reaching into new markets.”

Until the electric model’s launch, JCB’s Teletruks were powered by diesel and LPG and used predominantly in outdoor applications. With the launch of the new battery powered model, which runs very quietly and produces zero emissions, the Teletruk now becomes suited for tasks inside buildings.

Power is provided by an 80-volt lead acid battery and it can work a full eight hour shift on a single charge.