JCB has unveiled its new range of fully-electric products in a virtual launch at its headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire.

Four zero-emission electric machines were launched, including a fully electric telescopic handler.

A 1t dumper was also shown to those attending the virtual launch along with an electric mini-excavator and a walk-behind mini dumper.

A JCB spokesman told Business Live:

JCB is supportive of the UK government's ambitious plans to make strides towards net zero by 2050 and the JCB products unveiled today will play a crucial role in the future as JCB strives to achieve zero emissions as part of its Road to Zero programme.

JCB chief innovation officer Tim Burnhope said:

JCB has taken a pioneering lead in the move to electric propulsion in construction, agricultural and industrial machinery, having already successfully launched an electric mini excavator and electric forklift to the market.

"We are delighted to be launching more electric machines with no compromise in performance or productivity. We are very excited about the prospects for new our electric range."

New boom spreader hits the market

In other machinery-related news, a new boom spreader has been launched by KUHN.

KUHN Farm Machinery has launched the Aero GT 60.1, a trailed pneumatic boom spreader that is available in 30m, 32m and 36m formats.

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The Aero GT replaces the AGT 6036 in KUHN’s range, with upgrades on its predecessor including a significant 25% increase in the maximum application rate, greater precision in section control, and improvements in the control unit, calibration and maintenance.

Higher application rates are possible due to increased mass flow characteristics brought about by a bigger air intake and larger capacity pipes.

KUHN gave an example of spreading urea to 36m, application rates of up to 320kg/ha are possible for the Aero GT when travelling at 15kph, compared with 250kg/ha from the AGT.

A new metering system on the Aero GT incorporates six individual units that can be shut off independently when using automatic section control.