Firstgreen Claims 24-Hour Runtime with its Electric Skid Steers

Firstgreen Industries entered the U.S. market two years ago and offers several electric skid steers, including a cabinless remote-control model, that can achieve 24-hour continuous runtime, thanks to swappable battery technology.

Company Chief Operating Officer Marcus Suess comes on The Dirt to explain how Firstgreen’s electric equipment can be a better match than diesel on some jobs. He’s also upfront about jobs where you’d be better off with diesel equipment.

During the interview, he discusses the return on investment of buying the higher-cost electric equipment when it comes to saving money on fuel and maintenance. He also points out that there are tax incentives available for contractors choosing battery power over diesel.

Another benefit of the Firstgreen machines is their ability to run by remote control. The company recently introduced the “world’s first cab-less remotely operated electric skid steer.” Along with that model, it offers three traditional electric skid steers and a mini track loader.

“Battery power has really come a long way,” Suess says.

To find out more about the latest in electric skid steers from this innovative company, check out the latest episode of The Dirt.

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In This Episode:

  • 00:00 - Firstgreen Modular Electric Skid Steers
  • 00:36 - Is Electric Construction Equipment Viable Technology?
  • 01:35 - How Long is the Battery Runtime?
  • 03:21 - How Do You Charge a Firstgreen Skid Steer?
  • 03:56 - Modular Battery Design
  • 04:52 - Charge Time
  • 05:19 - Attachment Compatibility
  • 06:25 - Is it Worth Buying Electric When Diesel Equipment Is Cheaper?
  • 10:28 - What Kind of Tax Incentives are Available for Electric Equipment?
  • 11:30 - Remote Control & Cabinless Skid Steer
  • 13:26 - The Future of Electric Construction Equipment
  • 13:51 - Final Thoughts