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Published: 19 May 2017      

Hyster to electrify big trucks

Hyster has announced that testing is underway on high capacity lift trucks with electric motors

The company suggests that, in the near future, ports and heavy industry will be able to electrify their big truck fleets, producing zero emissions while achieving comparable full shift performance.

“The Hyster brand is synonymous with heavy duty trucks, so we are the natural candidate to champion this new generation of large electric trucks,” said Brett Schemerhorn, President Big Trucks, Americas for Hyster.

“Using a modular approach and innovative technology, applications will soon have maximum flexibility when selecting trucks to provide the best zero emissions solution for their needs.

“The modular approach to the design will allow flexibility in the onboard power source. Initial introductions are likely to be based on lithium-ion batteries. However, through our relationship with Nuvera Fuel Cells, we expect that implementation of hydrogen fuel cells will be achieved in the next phase. Hydrogen fuel cells will allow for rapid refueling, increased productivity and longer run time between refills.”

Jan Willem van den Brand, Director Big Truck Product Strategy & Solutions for Hyster, said: “As with Tier 4 Final/Stage IV, when applying electric motors to big trucks it is all about achieving a balance between the vertical movement of the load and the power take-off in combination with the traction. This balance needs to be achieved in order to ensure efficiency, while avoiding oversized electric systems and an unacceptable range of movement.”

To drive efficiency and manage costs, the new electric trucks will be built to match the needs of the specific application. Up to now, says Hyster, the duty cycle of the application drove the power output determination, including factors such as engine power, tractive effort, load capacity and speed.

A project to electrify a Hyster laden container handling mast truck is underway. More information on this project and Hyster electric truck innovations will be available at the TOC Europe show in Amsterdam in June.


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