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‘World’s first’ hydrogen-electric powered access platform launches in UK

by Liam Turner
Speedy Hire and Niftylift's "world first" hydrogen-electric powered access platform

UK-based construction equipment hire and service provider Speedy Hire has partnered with global mobile elevating work platform manufacturer Niftylift to design, manufacture, and bring to market what they say is the “world’s first” hydrogen-electric powered access platform.

According to the partners, the zero-carbon MEWP (mobile elevated work platform) is the first “viable” alternative to diesel-powered equipment available on the market.

They add that the hydrogen-electric platform can typically be operated for up to five days on a single electric charge, with additional range available from the hydrogen fuel cell, emitting zero carbon into the atmosphere “without compromising on reliability”.

The launch is part of a £9m investment in sustainable powered access products and follows the unveiling of Speedy Hire’s new Velocity strategy earlier this month.

Dan Evans, chief executive at Speedy Hire, said: “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.”

He added: “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, 10 years ahead of the government target, whilst also enduring commercial sustainability against traditional alternatives for our customers.”

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

Image: Speedy Hire and Niftylift’s “world first” hydrogen-electric powered access platform. Credit: Speedy Hire/Niftylift

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