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Hyster speaks on ZE equipment

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Hyster speaks on ZE equipment

On Thursday 17th June 2021, from 10.00-11.00, Willem Nieuwland, Big Truck Program Manager for Hyster, will discuss more around the total electrification of ports and the latest updates around zero-emissions (ZE) Hyster Big Truck developments as part of the "Spotlight on the Green Transition" session at the online TOC Global Showcase starting this week.

Willem Nieuwland - Hyster
Willem Nieuwland - Hyster

“For several years," says Mr Nieuwland, "Hyster has been working on ZE container handling equipment for ports that incorporate lithium-ion battery and fuel cell technology. However, we are now ‘extending the family’ and bringing these benefits to more equipment types to support total green operations from ship to store.”


Thus, Hyster recently revealed it was entering a partnership with Capacity Trucks to jointly develop electric, hydrogen, and automation-ready terminal tractors. This addresses growing demand for environmentally sustainable terminal tractor solutions in port, terminal, and distribution centre markets. Initial prototypes are expected to be available in 2021 for testing in port applications.


The collaboration brings together Capacity’s proven terminal truck platform and Hyster lift truck electric powertrain technology for proven reliability, and hydrogen fuel cells. The Hyster solution in development has lithium-ion batteries and hydrogen fuel cell power integral to the design, rather than as a retrofit option. It is expected that the final solution will be produced on a large scale, at an affordable price to help ports to reach their environmental goals.


“Importantly, the opportunities for hydrogen fuel cells are a key factor in this development, as this is a particularly interesting area for ports and something we’ve been progressing since 2017,” continued Mr Nieuwland.

“Hydrogen has the potential to provide the renewable energy model that is most attractive to environmentally driven businesses, without some of the complexities of electric vehicles, such as grid power availability for charging. What’s more, this is an area where funding and grants are available, making it feasible for ports wishing to explore zero-emissions equipment options."


Hyster continues to develop masted container handlers and reach stackers powered by lithium-ion batteries, either alone or combined with a fuel-cell range extender, as part of a number of funded projects for end users in the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Valencia.


In addition, in the past year, Hyster has launched a number of product innovations that are available now to support ZE handling with high productivity portside. The new Hyster J7.0–9.0XNL electric FLT series with fully integrated lithium-ion batteries, carries up to 9 tonnes, and gives port operations the benefits of comparable diesel engine performance, and rapid opportunity charging.


These new trucks are designed with the endurance to support multi-shift, demanding operations, giving a credible alternative to an IC truck, thanks to the unique combination of a lithium-ion battery, a high voltage drive system, and the use of multi-phase permanent magnetic motors.

Hyster 360-48
Hyster 360-48

In the latest development, Hyster’s medium-heavy J10-18XD FLTs are now available with factory integrated lithium-ion power. These trucks (known as J230-360XD and J360XD36-48 in the Americas) feature 350-volt lithium-ion battery power that, says the company, delivers performance comparable to traditional diesel power in 23,000lb-36,000lb (10-18 tonne) load capacities, helping heavy-duty applications achieve emissions goals without compromising performance.


“Going electric does not mean sacrificing performance or operational efficiency,” said Jan-Willem van den Brand, Hyster’s Director Global Market Development for Big Trucks. “These new models exemplify clean power that means business, helping the bottom line with a lower total cost of ownership and delivering on the job site with long-term value, performance and sustainability.”


The high-performance trucks deliver key advantages to help heavy-duty industries such as steel, concrete, lumber, agriculture and ports more easily transition to clean power:

  • Convenient opportunity charging and capacity for over 275 kWh of on-board energy storage for extended run-time between charges
  • Fast charging speed requires as little as 11 mins of plug-in time for up to an hour’s worth of truck use
  • No need to maintain, exchange batteries or designate valuable operational space to do so
  • ZE operation helps businesses achieve sustainability targets, take advantage of financial incentives and comply with regulations.

This package of technology and charging strategy tailored to specific requirements can enable 24/7 operation for most heavy-duty applications. For example, higher-capacity battery packs can extend run-time between charges, while strategically located charging infrastructure can make the best use of opportunity charging between shifts or during breaks.


To stand up to intensive applications and prevent overheating, a high-voltage, low-current system incorporates water-cooled motors and drive controllers, helping to reduce heat development. The trucks also include battery monitoring systems to help control under and over-charging.

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