JCB electric digger wins top MacRobert engineering prize

Quiet machine: The 19C-1E in a reading room in London's Caledonian Club
Quiet machine: The 19C-1E in a reading room in London’s Caledonian Club

An electric digger from JCB has won this year’s MacRobert Award, the top prize in the UK to recognise engineering innovation.

The Staffordshire company’s 19C-1E vehicle is the world’s first volume-produced, fully electric digger.

JCB’s machine beat shortlisted products from Babcock’s LGE business and Jaguar Land Rover to claim the £50,000 prize.

The MacRobert Award, run by the Royal Academy of Engineering, has been celebrating UK innovation since 1969.

JCB claims its current fleet of electric diggers has saved the equivalent of 15,100kg in CO2 emissions across 5,616 hours of work.

Prof Sir Richard Friend, chair of the academy’s judging panel, lauded the 19C-1E digger’s environmental credentials.

“The digger is more than a great bit of engineering,” he said. “It has the power to be the catalyst for change in an industry that is responsible for around 10%

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