WITH its focus on developing low-emissions technology to power construction machinery, JCB is complimenting this strategy by equipping its sales force with self-charging hybrid electric vehicles.
The company is replacing its 40-strong sales fleet with Toyota Corolla Touring Sports models. The British-built Corolla models are all powered by Toyota’s highly efficient 1.8-litre hybrid system and are in Icon Tech specification. The cars will be used by sales teams across the UK.
The handover of the first 20 vehicles took place at the company’s Rocester headquarters in Staffordshire. Pictured above, JCB Fleet Administration Supervisor Gavin Ward receives the cars from Collette Harris Toyota Fleet Area Sales Manager.
JCB’s decision to adopt Toyota hybrids reflects its commitment to developing new generations of electric vehicles. Its expansion of its range of E-TECH all-electric models in 2020 saw the introduction of a fast-charge mini excavator and Loadall telehandler models. Like Toyota, JCB is also investing in hydrogen as a fuel of the future, developing the construction industry’s first hydrogen-powered excavator.
JCB Chief Operating Officer Mark Turner said: “JCB is making great strides in developing low emissions technology to power its range of construction equipment and we are delighted to complement this strategy with the introduction of self-charging hybrid cars into our fleet. It’s also very pleasing to be able to support another global business which manufactures on the doorstep of JCB and one which makes such an important contribution to the regional economy.”
JCB is one of the world’s leading businesses in the manufacturer of construction and agricultural equipment, designing, developing and manufacturing more than 300 different products in 22 plants and employing 11,000 people across four continents.