Bromsgrove-based access hire specialists GT Access has become the first to order the recently unveiled JCB electric drive scissor lifts, acquiring 200 of the new machines.

Supplied by Gunn JCB, GT Access’ updated fleet includes S1932E, S2632E, S2646E, S3246E, S4046E and S4550E models, with platform heights spanning from 5.71m to 13.8m.

“JCB’s development of these new direct electric drive models gives our customers multiple benefits over hydraulic motor machines. Customers prefer the electric drive models mainly due to two factors; increased productivity during the day along with enhanced gradeability when driving up slopes - so we are confident the new machines will prove very popular," said GT Access Sales Director, Steve Moody.

Electric drive motors replace the hydraulic drive motors on the new JCB machines, with up to 53% longer run time on a single battery charge. This reduces overall charging cost, lowering total cost of ownership for the customer. The electric motors also deliver increased torque to the wheels and up to 25% gradeability, making it easier to drive on inclines and to load up truck ramps.

The largest privately owned access company in the UK, GT Access has over 40 years’ experience in the access industry. The company boasts 12 depot locations across the UK, with over 3000 machines available for hire.