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Executive Hire News › Archives › April/May 2016 › Executive Report : Greener Avant

Executive Report : Greener Avant

Avant Tecno is introducing several new models, including an electric machine, as Nick Johnson discovered at its factory in Finland.

Whilst small multi-purpose wheel loaders are not as numerous in the UK as in some other European countries, one company that has been particularly successful with these versatile machines here is Avant Tecno. Its green machines and their many matched attachments can be tailored to mechanise many tasks with a great variety of end users, enhancing their hire appeal.

Since it formed its UK subsidiary in 1999, Avant has sold more than 5,000 machines and is now expanding its Avant Hire operation. There are already 24 hire partners, which can be located by potential customers using a dedicated website. These hirers commit to buying one or two machines plus attachments and there are still opportunities to join the network, for companies in the north of England and Scotland.

Most Avant Hire partners start with articulated machines in the 500 to 700 series. The most common are the models 528, 635 and 750 which are respectively powered by Kubota diesel engines rated at 19.0kW, 28.0kW and 36.0kW. For work inside non-ventilated areas, Avant offers a 525LPG machine with a 16.0kW LPG-fuelled Kubota engine, and it has now added an even ‘greener’ model, namely the battery-powered e5 for areas where completely silent, fume-free operation is required.

Revealed at a recent launch at Avant’s factory in Ylojarvi, near the city of Tampere in Finland, the e5 is in the same size class as the popular 500 series compact wheel loaders, and the 900kg maximum lift capacity machine can utilise many of their attachments. The 201Ah lead acid battery pack powers two separate electric motors, with a 6kW motor to drive the wheels and a 2kW motor to operate the hydraulics for the front end equipment. The system provides a 30 litres per minute auxiliary flow that is adequate for many Avant attachments including a demolition grapple bucket and the B155 hydraulic breaker.

Sales Director Jani Käkelä said that the operating time for the e5 before a battery recharge can be up to five hours for light duty work, consisting mainly of travelling and lifting, with little or no auxiliary hydraulics use. He indicated that between 1.5 to 4 hours of operation should be possible with medium duty use, such as some pushing work and heavy to medium use of the hydraulics. And, on heavy-duty work, the battery would, he said, still last 45 to 60 minutes.

The e5 has an integrated battery charger that connects to any convenient 220V/10A power outlet. Charging time to 100% capacity is claimed to be approximately five hours, whilst an 80% level can be achieved in around three hours. However, Avant will shrewdly offer a battery pack exchange system to allow quick and easy battery pack replacement. This will facilitate continuous work in heavier applications such as indoor demolition. When the machine is mainly static, such as powering a breaker, it is possible to work carefully whilst connected to an electrical supply. The battery pack is understood to be good for around 1,000 full recharges, and the cost of the e5 is likely to be comparable to that of a diesel engined 528.

Avant Tecno highlighted its newly re-designed compact 200 series machines at the Executive Hire Show. The company is now adding an LPG version of its 225 model. The 200 series is said to have proved popular with event hire companies and there is increasing interest from more general hire businesses seeking small, lightweight multi-purpose tool carriers.•

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