Hird has become the first powered access rental company in the UK to take delivery of the new Genie S-60 FE hybrid telescopic boom lift.

The access platform, mini cranes and glass lifting rental company has taken the first two platforms available in the UK, supplied by Genie's authorised distributor, Workplatform Ltd.

The Genie S-60 FE - the FE stands for fuel and electric - is the first hybrid and lightweight rough terrain telescopic boom in the 20m working height class. It is  one of a new range of hybrid and electric rough terrain booms launched by Genie for more sustainable and flexible working at mid-range heights.

Speaking of his acquisition, Hird Managing Director Phil Hird said: "We're delighted to be the first access rental company in the UK to be able to offer customers these Genie S60 FE platforms. It reflects our commitment to continuously modernise our access fleet and to provide clients with cutting edge platforms that deliver more productive and sustainable working at height options."

While Dean Brooks, operations director at Workplatform Ltd added: "These high-performance hybrid Genie boom lifts will play a key role over the next decade in driving the transition away from thermal engines to full electric power. We're very pleased to be able to assist Hird in taking a place in the vanguard of this movement."

The S-60 FE has a maximum working height of 20.6m and a platform height of 18.6m, with a maximum outreach of 12.3m and a platform capacity of 300kg. It has two operational modes - all electric and hybrid - allowing the machine to be used for indoor and outdoor working.

The new Genie provides a full day's operation in all-electric mode and for a whole week on one tank of diesel fuel in hybrid mode. Regenerative braking and start-stop technology maximises fuel and battery efficiency, while reducing the MEWP's carbon footprint. The Stage V engine is fitted with a diesel particulate filter and sealed AC electric drive motors that enhance reliability and reduce the risk of hydraulic oil spills.

The platform provides full rough terrain performance with four wheel drive, oscillating axles and 45% gradeability. It weighs 8051kg and has a 1.83m long jib with a 130° working range for accurate positioning. Lastly, the S-60 FE charges its own batteries as it operates, eliminating downtime caused by the need for plug-in charging.