48t zero emissions electric truck in testing

20 Sep 2017
Hyster electric 48t capacity truck

Hyster's electric 48t capacity container handling truck will have three green charging options

An electric 48t-capacity container handling truck with zero emissions is being tested in Germany.

Hyster Europe’s truck will be powered by electric motors and three green charging options and is designed to be used at ports.

“The first electric Hyster Big Truck, powered by lithium-ion battery, is at our test facility in Weeze, Germany,” confirmed Jan-Willem van den Brand, director of big truck product strategy & solutions for Hyster.

Diesel comparison

The test phase is to ensure the truck can achieve similar performance to Hyster diesel-powered, container-handling trucks.

In addition to the large lithium-ion battery pack, which charges for a few hours at a time and requires a 200kW capacity charging station, ports could also opt for a lithium battery pack with wireless opportunity charging in the duty cycle.

Alternatively, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery combined with a hydrogen fuel cell could be used.

Evolving requirements

Mr van den Brand said: “This truck is being developed in response to the evolving needs of customers, who are increasingly demanding zero-emission trucks to support their environmental goals, while still specifying the right truck for their particular application needs.”

Although Hyster can offer lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries as a power source on many trucks, Li-Ion power will have more limited use in electrifying container handling trucks, said Hyster.

Battery capacity is currently not sufficient for the most intense applications without opportunities to re-charge during the shift, it added.

“This is where fuel cells come in,” explained Mr van den Brand. “These innovative Big Trucks are expected to be able to support continuous operation with operator-friendly re-charge or quick H2 (hydrogen fuel) refill options, delivered through our relationship with Nuvera Fuel Cells.”

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