JLG Industries, McConnellsburg, Pa., offers Bi-Energy technology on its X770AJ and X1000AJ compact crawler boom lifts, reducing these machines’ noise and exhaust emissions. The system equips the machines with two full-sized, independent power sources, combining an emissions-free lithium-ion battery pack with a diesel engine, allowing operators to work indoors and outside with one machine.
Using the engine’s power, users can drive the machine to where overhead work needs to be done and can switch to zero-emissions, all-electric battery power to work at height for the remainder of a shift. When the work is done, the users can power the engine back up and drive the machine for use at another location. The lithium-ion batteries can be charged from an outlet at any time, including while the machine is in use. Both machines have a Kubota D902 21.6-hp at 3,200 rpm diesel engine.