The first lithium rough terrain LGMG telescopic booms to be delivered into the European market will be supplied by Access Platform Sales (APS) to Briggs Equipment Ireland Ltd.

Briggs Equipment is taking platforms across the new all-electric telescopic boom lift range, in order to assess their capabilities and performance versus equivalent diesel machines. If the trial is successful, as expected, APS is due to deliver the new platforms in the autumn.

Martin Masterson, short term hire Manager at the company said: "LGMG is the only supplier that can provide us with lithium RT booms we require for our fleet. Thanks our existing relationship with APS, the collaborative support it provides, and the success we've had with the LGMG platforms we already operate, we've decided to make this further investment in their lithium product range."

Briggs selected three of the four new LGMG lithium telescopic boom models, with eight platforms ordered in the first tranche. They are:

LGMG T20JE - working height 21.8m, outreach 16.6m;

LGMG T22JE - working height 23.8m, outreach 17m;

LGMG T28JE - working height 29.8m, outreach 22.5m.

(The fourth platform is the LGMG T26JE, with a working height of 27.9m and an outreach of 22.3m)

Briggs has also placed orders for LGMG A14JE electric articulating boom lifts, which have a working height of 15.8m and an outreach of 7.81m.

A key reason why Briggs selected the LGMG boom lifts is the way they fill important niches in working height levels that complement standard industry working heights, creating more flexible rental options. However, it is the switch from thermal engine to electric power that is the key consideration, said Martin Masterson:

"Being able to offer lithium powered rough terrain boom lifts allows our customers to streamline their onsite fleets and increase utilisation rates by using the same platforms for internal and external work," he added.

"We'll be able to give our customers more innovative choices as they implement their own strategies to become more sustainable, low carbon businesses, at a time when ever stricter environmental regulations are becoming the norm."

The new LGMG boom lifts are powered by a lithium-ion battery pack that allows the platforms to operate for two to three days at typical usage rates between charges. Each has a variety of standard charging modes that allows regular and fast charging. All models are dual capacity - 300kg unrestricted and 450kg with restricted outreach - with 3600 platform slewing.

The boom lifts have 2.4m wide, triple entry baskets, four-wheel drive, four-wheel steer, with one touch wheel alignment, and oscillating axles. Platform weights range from 12 tonnes for the LGMG T20JE to 18.7 tonnes for the LGMG T28JE.