AFI makes £12m green fleet investment

By Euan Youdale04 November 2021

UK powered access rental major AFI has placed orders for more than 300 new machines, of which 70% will be electric or hybrid.

The value of the investment comes to £12 million ($16.2 million), with orders placed with a range of manufacturers, including Skyjack, Genie, Dingli, Niftylift, Haulotte and JLG. There will also be several new additions to the AFI range of scissor and boom lifts and its Super-Set range of large machines.

The new stock began to arrive in October and will continue through to April 2022, with aim of increasing service levels and flexibility for customers.

AFI has made recent investments in underbridge units

Nick Higgins, chief operating officer, AFI group of companies, said, “This latest investment will enable us to expand the capability of the entire hire fleet of MEWPs and offer a diverse and efficient range to meet demand, as more customers strive to meet sustainability objectives throughout supply chains.

“Over 70% of the orders placed are for electric or hybrid machines with low emissions, making them ideal for use on restricted sites, in low emission zones, specialist applications and indoor work.” 

The new machines will go straight into the hire fleet, alongside the current range of electric, diesel and hybrid units including scissor lifts, telescopic boom lifts and articulating boom lifts.

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