Speedy and Niftylift have joined forces to bring to market what is claimed to be world first - a hydrogen-electric powered boom lift.

The new zero carbon platform is a viable alternative to diesel-powered equipment, especially for construction sites where electric infrastructure is virtually non-existent. The hydrogen-electric boom lift can be operated for up to five days on a single electric charge, with additional range available from the onboard hydrogen fuel cell.

The launch is part of a £9m investment in sustainable powered access products and it also provides an insight into Speedy’s 'Velocity' business strategy, where the company has pledged to continuously innovate and collaborate with the value chain to deliver sustainable products and solutions for customers to meet their carbon reduction targets, while also being commercially sustainable.

Manufactured in Milton Keynes, at Niftylift’s facility, the new hydrogen-electric platform will roll off the production line at Niftylift and be delivered to Speedy’s Innovation Centre in Milton Keynes in July.

 “We have a strong history of leading the market in combining product innovation and sustainability, and our collaboration with NiftyLift is yet another example of that. Our sustainable growth strategy, Velocity, sets out a clear direction for the business to deliver long term benefits to our customers, our people and our investors and this is a strong example of Velocity in action," explained Speedy Chief Executive Dan Evans.

“Our investment and collaboration with Niftylift enable us to accelerate the sustainable and technological evolution in the sectors where we operate, and supports our ambitious plan to become a net zero business by 2040, ten years ahead of the government target, whilst also enduring commercial sustainability against traditional alternatives for our customers.”

While John Keely, managing director at Niftylift added: “Working with Speedy Hire on this latest product innovation has been an incredible experience. Speedy Hire’s vision, collaborative support, and willingness to commit to such an important project has helped us to solve a huge issue facing the powered access industry. With our new hydrogen-electric HR15E and HR17E, Speedy can provide its customers with a long-term net zero solution for on-site machine charging - a world-first and a massive step forward for the powered access industry.”

Speedy Hire will be hosting product-led events to demonstrate the new hydrogen-electric access platform - to learn more contact hydrogenelectric@speedypoweredaccess.com