JCB 505-20E Electric Telehandler

December 1, 2020
JCB 505-20E electric telehandler.

The 505-20E is the first fully electric version of the company’s Loadall telehandler, designed to deliver the same performance as the conventional diesel-powered machine for construction, industrial, and agricultural customers.

The unit uses two electric motors, one for the driveline and the second to power the hydraulic system. The 23-horsepower traction motor drives through a permanent four-wheel drive dropbox, to JCB drive/steer axles. The 30-horsepower hydraulic system motor powers a fixed displacement gear pump, delivering a maximum 21 gpm flow. Flow is proportional to joystick position and the lift end is controlled by an electro-hydraulic valve block, with hydraulic regeneration on boom function.

A 96V Lithium-ion battery is capable of providing full-shift operation. The traction drive motor utilizes regenerative braking, instead of a traditional braking system, topping up the battery in the process. The hydraulic system also regenerates flow while lowering the boom, reducing the power requirement, and extending operating hours. The brake regen function automatically turns off when the battery is fully charged.

The machine has a 240V, 16A on-board charger capable of recharging the battery in 8-10 hours. Maximum lift capacity is unchanged from the diesel model as the 505-20E has the same 5,500 pounds capability. External dimensions also remain the same with a 12-foot 1-inch outside turn radius and overall height of 6 feet 2 inches.