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Electric Diggers: Are they worth it?

28 June 2023

Reducing harmful emissions is an important step for most construction companies. It also seems like the electric generation of construction vehicles is soon to take over the industry, but can we ever truly reach zero emissions? And do electric diggers offer the power we need to build the future?

Let’s find out!

What is an electric digger?

An electric excavator is an excavator that does not rely on typical fuel such as diesel but instead uses electricity as its fuel source. This means that there is less of a reliance on fossil fuels and oil. Cleaner energy solutions are growing in popularity but we can also see a lot of fears surrounding them as well.

Do they have enough batter life? Do they have cost effective repairs? Many of these questions need to be asked so we will be looking at them today.

What are the benefits of an electric digger?

  1. Environmental Friendliness: Electric diggers produce zero emissions during operation since they run on electric power instead of fossil fuels. This helps reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to a cleaner and healthier environment.
  2. Noise Reduction: Electric diggers operate quietly compared to their diesel or gasoline counterparts. This is particularly advantageous in urban areas, construction sites near residential zones, or during projects that require minimal noise disturbance.
  3. Cost Savings: Although electric diggers may have a higher upfront cost compared to traditional diesel-powered models, they can result in long-term cost savings. Electric power is generally cheaper than diesel fuel, and electric diggers require less maintenance due to the absence of complex internal combustion engines and associated components like oil filters, radiators, and exhaust systems.
  4. Energy Efficiency: Electric diggers are more energy efficient than conventional excavators. They convert a higher percentage of the electrical energy they consume into useful work, resulting in improved productivity and reduced energy waste.
  5. Reduced Operating Costs: Electric diggers have lower operating costs in terms of fuel and maintenance. They do not require regular refuelling or engine oil changes, and there are fewer moving parts that need servicing or replacement, leading to reduced downtime and increased productivity.
  6. Operator Comfort: Electric diggers produce less vibration and have smoother operation, providing a more comfortable working environment for operators. This can lead to increased productivity and reduced operator fatigue during long hours of operation.
  7. Government Incentives: In many regions, governments offer incentives and subsidies to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles and equipment, including electric diggers. These incentives can help offset the initial higher purchase cost and make electric diggers more economically attractive.

With new models having enough battery life, quick charging, long lasting components, low noise levels, and much more, we can see that they have huge benefits to offer for the future of a fully electric vehicle.

Can you get a fully electric mini excavator?

Yes! A fully electric mini excavator is a fantastic option for many people. The new generation of clean technology has huge benefits, and as we try to move away from harmful emissions, the electric generation of machines offer the perfect solution.

If you want an electric mini excavator, then speak to our team today and we can discuss the options available to you to help you find the best battery life zero emissions option.

How long will an electric digger run?

It depends on the model. But most modern electric excavators will last for a full working day. Which means you are getting clean energy usage from your machines all day. This is even with minimum downtime and on a single charge, even with such a small compact package, the smaller models still have the power and charge to make it through a working day.

Are electric diggers truly zero emissions?

Yes but only zero emissions at point of use. To make the batteries and the machines does use emissions. So, we cannot say that they are fully zero emissions. They are far better than diesel machines though.