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Florida crane company debuts battery-powered crawler crane

By Stephen Elliott

September 17, 2023

Sims Crane & Equipment Co.Florida crane company debuts battery-powered crane, Tampa, Fla., showcased what it says is the world’s first battery-powered crawler crane, the LR 1250.1 Unplugged electric crane, at their Tampa corporate headquarters. Sims Crane hosted the crawler crane’s U.S. debut event in conjunction with the crawler crane’s designer, multi-national equipment manufacturer Liebherr. After a presentation, Sims completed a demonstration of the crawler crane’s capabilities.

“We are honored to partner with Liebherr and be on the forefront to serve a vastly growing need for alternative energy,” said Jackson Sims, vice president, Sims Crane & Equipment Co.

The crawler crane’s battery-powered engine cuts local carbon emissions completely, and is capable of operating for eight hours unplugged, or for an unlimited amount of time when connected to a power source, the company says. Liebherr and Sims say there is no compromise in performance between the electric version of the crawler crane and its diesel-powered counterpart.

The battery-powered crawler crane joins Sims’ rental fleet.