First battery powered crawler crane makes CO2 -free debut

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Sources: Sims Crane & Equipment Co., Tampa; CMCM staff

Florida’s largest private crane rental and rigging service provider, Sims Crane & Equipment Co., showcased the world’s first battery powered crawler crane at Tampa headquarters. The Liebherr 1250.1’s battery powered engine cuts local carbon dioxide emissions and can run for eight hours unplugged, or for unlimited duty when connected to a power source. Sims Crane and Liebherr officials note there is no compromise in performance between the model’s electric and diesel powered versions. The LR 1250.1 is also significantly quieter than its diesel counterpart, making it ideal for work in residential areas, at hospitals or other locations where noise pollution may be a concern.