Speedy expands low-emission NiftyLift fleet

By Leila Steed29 January 2021

UK-based Speedy Powered Access (SPA), a division of rental company Speedy, has invested £2 million (€2.2 million) in its hybrid equipment fleet in order to cater to the growing demand for low carbon machines. 

Two NiftyLift booms on a Speedy Powered Access transport trailer With its new hybrid equipment Speedy Powered Access aims to help customers reduce their carbon emissions.

The investment comprised 50 new NiftyLift boom lifts that feature a hybrid power system. The order included a mix of HR12, HR15, HR17N and HR21 models. Manufactured at NiftyLift’s Milton Keynes factory, the equipment’s hybrid system automatically draws power from both the boom’s diesel engine and the electric battery pack.

Andy Briggs, managing director of SPA, said, “Ensuring customers and businesses can access the products and equipment they need to drive down on-site carbon emissions is vital if the industry is to reach its net zero ambitions.

“This represents a strategic investment that not only futureproofs our fleet, but bolsters our position as a one stop shop for customers who are looking for more sustainable solutions while completing work at height. This will be essential in the years ahead, particularly for projects in cities like London that need to meet non-road mobile machinery requirements in Ultra Low Emission Zones.”

The new hybrid machines can operate for a full day in electric-only mode and can be used for indoor and outdoor applications. They are also suitable for work in low-noise and ultra-low emission areas, the company said the investment would “help customers reduce pollution and meet carbon targets”.

SPA, which offers sales, training, maintenance, hire and refurbishment services across 11 specialist service centres, is a new business that was launched by Speedy in November last year. It comprises the Prolift, Platfrom Sales & Hire and Lifterz companies, all of which had been acquired by Speedy since 2017.

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