JCB’s world-first electric mini excavator has scooped one of the automotive industry’s most prestigious honours.
The Royal Automobile Club presented JCB with the Dewar Trophy for ‘Outstanding Technical Achievement in the British Automotive Industry’ for the 19C-1E – the construction industry’s first fully electric mini digger.
The Trophy – only awarded in years when the RAC’s expert committee believes there are contenders of sufficient merit – was presented at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall.
The award comes just weeks after the electric digger began rolling off the production line at JCB Compact Products in Cheadle, Staffordshire. JCB is one of only four companies in the 113-year history of the Trophy to win it more than once, having received the accolade in 2006 for its diesel landspeed record breaking JCB Dieselmax car powered by two JCB engines.
JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said, “I’m absolutely delighted that JCB has been presented with the Dewar Trophy. For our new electric mini excavator to be recognised in this way is tremendous for the company and the team which has developed it.”