A zero-carbon future: making the switch to electric construction equipment

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This year, the City of Melbourne will launch its Zero Carbon Building Plan, a strategic initiative to make Melbourne a zero-carbon city by 2040. It follows the Victorian Government’s decision to bring forward the net-zero emissions target from 2050 to 2045. 

Research for the plan found that commercial buildings and residential towers account for up to 66% of Melbourne’s greenhouse gas emissions, a figure that places the construction industry front and centre in this conversation. 

The push toward zero-emission worksites has been slowly but steadily gaining momentum. So, how can you make your worksite more environmentally friendly? One way is to introduce electric construction vehicles into your operations. This article will help you better understand your options when it comes to making the switch to electric or hybrid.


What powers heavy construction equipment?

Construction equipment falls into three main types: diesel, electric, and hybrid. The main difference between the three is the power source. 

  • Diesel: This is any equipment that relies on an internal combustion engine fuelled by diesel. Most heavy equipment in construction, such as excavators, bulldozers, and cranes, are diesel-powered. 
  • Electric: Any vehicle powered by a battery is considered electric construction equipment. Examples of electric vehicles include boom lifts, forklifts, and scissor lifts. 
  • Hybrid: As the name suggests, hybrid vehicles use diesel and electric power. A hybrid vehicle is built to take advantage of both power sources and can switch between the two depending on the demands of the worksite.  

Each type has advantages and disadvantages, depending on what you need the equipment for. The main question you need to ask yourself is: which option will do the best job in the shortest time? 

This is when a chat with a skilled team member can work wonders, as we know which worksites each option is best suited to. Using electric construction vehicles on your worksite is worth considering, though. Let’s look at the benefits you can enjoy by doing so.


Why it’s worth adopting electric construction vehicles

Though mass adoption of battery-powered construction equipment is some time away, there’s a growing demand for these greener alternatives, particularly for certain types of equipment. At All Star, our two most popular electric ranges are our boom lifts and scissor lifts:  


Electric boom lifts

For access jobs that are high up and awkward to reach, you need a boom lift. Utilities and arborist work are two common uses for boom lifts. An electric boom lift is perfect if you need to fix a power line that runs through a narrow alley between residential buildings, as producing no emissions and little noise will keep you onside with those living nearby. 

Our rough terrain electric boom lift is incredibly beneficial if you need to trim trees on the edge of bushland and want to create as little disturbance to the local wildlife as possible.  


Electric scissor lifts

When vertical work is required, that’s where a scissor lift shines. Think routine maintenance work and repairs, painting, and signage. With an electric scissor lift, the benefit of zero emissions and zero noise pollution again comes into play. This equipment is perfect if you need to paint the side of an office or warehouse flanked by a busy footpath, as the reduced noise causes less disruption to passersby. 

Another groundbreaking development in electric access equipment is the rough terrain models. Technological advancements in performance and functionality have allowed electric scissor lifts to handle rough and uneven conditions just as smoothly as diesel machines.


Electric forklifts

We also stock an electric forklift, ideal for work in narrow, confined spaces or where ventilation is an issue. Electric forklifts also have lower operating costs because you only need to service or replace the battery rather than an entire motor. 

The benefits of battery-powered construction equipment are hard to deny. With time, though, the question won’t be a case of if but of when the construction industry moves to electric vehicles


All Star Access Hire’s 60' Electric Boom.


Why All Star is the greener choice

At All Star, we’re advocates for zero-emission worksites. Our unrivalled range of rough terrain electric vehicles reflects this. If you’re looking to transition to clean, quiet, and efficient equipment or simply want to learn more about this emerging trend, get in touch with our team of experts today. Together, let’s keep the industry thriving and reach those targets!