Raising the platform for Net Zero

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Raising the platform for Net Zero

Essex Highways has become the first UK highways authority to deploy electric-powered hoists in new Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs).

The purchase of the six new electric-powered hoists is part of the Essex County Council’s Safer, Greener, Healthier commitment and will also assist the drive by Ringway Jacobs, who deliver the Essex Highways contract, to become net zero by 2050.

Each MEWP is a Mercedes Sprinter Chassis with a Euro 6 Engine, but the big difference is that all feature a Versalift electric hoist, which generates a number of operational and environmental benefits.

Switching to electric hoists means each new MEWP will realise a daily carbon saving of 4.01Kg, a monthly carbon reduction of over 80kg and an annual carbon saving of 960Kg.

Other benefits include less wear and tear on the engine meaning less maintenance will be required over the life of the vehicle. It is estimated there will be fuel savings of £6,000 a year per vehicle.

The hoists are also quieter to operate which is an additional benefit to staff and also to residents, particularly during night works.

Simon Butt, Operations Director at Essex Highways, said: “We have always been committed to working smarter and pulling through innovation into the service, particularly where we can add value, realise cost savings and work towards reducing negative impact on the environment.

“I am delighted that we are the first Highways service in the UK to use these MEWPs operationally as they fully represent the type of changes we are constantly looking to implement in Essex.

“It is in all our interests to be able to do more for less, to reduce our carbon footprint and to implement advances in technology.”

Phillip Horton, Ringway Jacobs’ managing director said: “These six vehicles are a very welcome addition to the fleet. We will continue to invest in the very latest technology to ensure that by embracing innovation we continue to provide high quality, best value services that also help us all meet our responsibility to the environment.”

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