Anyone who visited Bauma in April will have noted that electric and hybrid-powered equipment was the talk of the showground. By and large, in the access realm, there is also a significant move towards Lithium-ion batteries, in particular. Although Lithium has its drawbacks in that it is still relatively expensive and the recycling of used units is problematic, it has many advantages over lead acid batteries when it comes to day-to-day use. That includes the fact they should last the lifetime of a machine and require little maintenance, with the inclusion of a decent battery management system. Electric power is not new to access equipment, of course. Slab scissors and tracked platforms are two longstanding examples, both of which are adopting Lithium too in greater numbers. It’s the move to electric and hybrid rough terrain booms, and scissors, that is piquing the interest of the modern access industry. It’s not all about Lithium, however. Manitou launched its electric and hybrid range at Bauma. The Oxygen line includes a new aerial platform and two telehandler models. The ATJ 200 e Oxygen is the group’s first electric all terrain aerial platform and is powered by lead acid batte...