Bigge Crane and Rigging Co. has introduced its latest addition, the Liebherr LR 1250.1 unplugged, an all-electric crawler crane, marking a groundbreaking milestone as California’s and the U.S. West Coast’s first of its kind. Bigge’s extensive fleet, consisting of over 1,800 cranes, now includes this innovative eco-conscious heavy-lifting solution.
Committed to advancing sustainable practices, Bigge’s acquisition of the all-electric crane offers customers an environmentally friendly option. With its electric powertrain, the LR 1250.1 unplugged can operate continuously when connected to shore power or up to 8 hours on battery power alone, offering flexibility and sustainability.
When plugged in, the LR 1250.1 unplugged matches its diesel counterpart in maximum lifting capacity (275 US t), hoisting speed (up to 446 ft/min), and maximum reach (486 ft). This means customers can reduce their carbon footprint without sacrificing worksite productivity.
Joe Nelms, VP & Chief Business Development Officer, emphasized Bigge’s relationship with Liebherr and the significance of adding the first all-electric crawler crane to their Perfect Fleet, stating, “Bigge’s roots have been established in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1916, and we’re excited to be a part of California’s push for a greener future.”
Notably, the crane’s electric powertrain ensures minimal noise emissions while in operation, measuring less than 101 dbA. This noise level is akin to that of a household lawnmower or kitchen blender, making it an excellent choice for densely populated urban areas and noise-sensitive environments.
The LR 1250.1 unplugged also incorporates Liebherr’s latest technological advancements and safety features, including a redesigned cab for enhanced visibility and improved lift assistance systems.
Bigge’s Liebherr LR 1250.1 unplugged is set to arrive in California in October 2023, further enriching its fleet of rental cranes serving the U.S. West Coast.