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New battery partner for Taylor

Taylor Machine Works has announced a new partner will supply the batteries for its ZLC Series electric machines.

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New battery partner for Taylor

In 2019, US-based Taylor Machine Works, Inc. launched its ZLC Series laden container handler designed to load and unload shipping containers weighing up to 75,000 pounds in port environments. “The battery-electric ZLC Series met the stringent zero-emissions standard without interrupting the demanding processing sequence required by the world’s busiest ports,” Taylor noted. In particular the machine was designed to meet the duty cycle required by US West Coast port operators, and was fitted with a 1MW battery pack from BYD of China.


Taylor has now announced a new partnership with Proterra, Inc, a battery and commercial vehicle electrification technology supplier from Colorado in the US. Proterra purpose-builds batteries for commercial vehicle applications, including delivery vehicles and a medium capacity excavator.


“Taylor will power the next-generation Taylor ZLC Series electric container handler with 904 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy and the ZH Series electric forklift with 225 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy using Proterra’s industry-leading battery technology. These all-electric container handlers and forklifts will support various heavy-duty applications, including container handling in port environments and other heavy material handling industrial settings such as warehouses, plants, worksites, mine sites, steel yards, lumber yards, and others,” Taylor said.


Taylor expects to deliver the first Proterra-powered Taylor vehicles to customers in 2022. The companies will also work together to supply charging infrastructure and systems.


“We are excited to continue the high standards of manufacturing material handling equipment with the battery-electric Gen 2-ZLC Series container handlers powered by Proterra,” commented Hal Nowell, Director of Sales for Taylor Machine Works, Inc. Matt Hiller, Director of Engineering, added: “Electrification of mobile material handling equipment is an exciting and challenging effort, but is also developing very quickly.


"Taylor is readying its customers for the new choices they have in the ways energy is used in their businesses. Taylor has always provided customers with stable and forward-thinking technology and this continues in the EV space with our strategic Proterra partnership. Proterra offers the experience needed to stay ahead of the curve and add to the solid support that Taylor customers demand.”


Robert Taylor Sr., President and Chief Operating Officer of The Taylor Group of Companies, stated, “This new relationship with Proterra, which like Taylor is an American manufacturer, is truly a milestone in Taylor manufacturing history. Our commitment to the electric market for material handling and container handling equipment will be a strategic engineering collaboration between Taylor and Proterra. We believe that Proterra’s vision for EV battery technology and their commitment to zero-emission standards align with the Taylor vision.”


“Electrifying heavy-duty equipment is a win-win for our ports and our communities. It means protecting our health and the air we breathe and, at the same time, we meet the needs of the world’s busiest ports and other industrial settings with new technologies,” said Gareth Joyce, President of Proterra Powered & Energy.


“We are excited to partner with a trusted, industry-leader like Taylor and deliver our proven EV technology to power the next generation of materials handling machines.”

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