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Hiab Moffett - preview of the first lithium-ion electric truck-mounted forklift



Truck-mounted forklifts have become indispensible in modern transport load handling, helping to save time and resources, whilst reducing product damage and manual handling risks. Now, more than 50 years since the launch of the first truck-mounted forklift the first all electric machine is being previewed at the Bedrijfsautorai 2012, RAI Exhibition Centre (April 17-21) in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The E-Generation truck-mounted forklift

While there will always be a large area of applications that will require diesel machines, specifically for night time operation and noise sensitive areas like warehouse applications, the introduction of the first electric truck-mounted forklift seems long overdue. The successful Hiab Moffett M-Series is now extended with a completely new truck-mounted forklift, the E-Generation.

Clean technology for both, indoor and outdoor use

The new E- Generation comes with all Hiab Moffett truck-mounted forklifts are renowned for - minus the CO² emissions and is ideally suited for both indoor and outdoor use. With exceptionally low noise levels, the all electric machine is designed for night time deliveries and operation in urban and semi industrial areas.

The first model of the new E-Generation, the Hiab Moffett E2 with a lift capacity of 1200 kg comes with the latest AC electric motor technology and all motors sealed to IP65.The hydraulic components are driven by a silent helical gear pump and all operator controls comprise of programmable electric steering with hand lever for forward / reverse drive via an electric throttle pedal. Boasting the latest lithium-ion battery technology the E-Generation excels with low noise levels and smooth performance.

A powerful machine with amazingly low energy consumption

Fitted with an on-board charger, the E-Generation machines are simply charged from any domestic plug socket when at the transport depot or trickle charged while mounted on the back of the truck / trailer. The state of the art lithium - ion battery system guarantees long operating hours with consistent performance throughout the working day.

The Hiab Moffett E-Generation is fitted with LED work lights and road lights and a modern digital display interacting with the CAN BUS wiring system.

"Clean, lean and powerful - the E-Generation has been designed for an outstanding long life cycle with reduced energy consumption, helping to protect the environment and providing maximum value for the investment," says Keith Quigley, VP Truck-mounted forklift Product Business, Cargotec Ireland.

M-Range or E-Generation - no compromise in reliability

The overall design and components make for low maintenance and maximum performance. The mast and reach forks of the E2 are based on the proven M2 models, as is the chassis and other components that carry over. "With exceptional durability and reliability, together with the guaranteed quality, this machine goes the extra mile in environmental responsibility," concludes Keith Quigley.

Pro Future(TM) on the back of trucks or trailers

The new E-Generation has undergone strict internal testing and evaluation as set by Cargotec and has been certified as a Pro Future(TM) model. Pro Future(TM) is Cargotec's own marking for products and solutions with less environmental impact. These products and solutions have passed certain industry-leading criteria regarding energy efficiency, the power source, emissions, noise pollution and recyclability. By investing in equipment with the Pro Future(TM) seal, you gain the ability to develop operations with improved sustainability while at the same time reducing your cost of operation considerably.

Nominated for the SV Innovation Award - Showcasing the new generation electric Truck-mounted forklift at Bedrijfsautorai 2012

The E2 has been nominated and short listed for the prestigious SV Innovation Award, reinforcing the importance of innovation in the transport sector. Our dedicated sales teams and engineering teams will be available at RAI exhibition in Amsterdam. Please visit us at our stand 07.120 to find out more about the world's 1st lithium-ion all electric truck-mounted forklift.

For further information, please contact:

Michael O'Reilly, Product Manager Hiab Moffett Truck-mounted forklifts ., tel: +353429359502

Katarina Hoel, Marketing Communications Director, Load Handling, Cargotec, tel: +46 8 677 53 61

Cargotec improves the efficiency of cargo flows on land and at sea - wherever cargo is on the move. Cargotec's daughter brands, Hiab, Kalmar and MacGregor are recognised leaders in cargo and load handling solutions around the world. Cargotec's global network is positioned close to customers and offers extensive services that ensure the continuous, reliable and sustainable performance of equipment. Cargotec's sales totalled EUR 3.1 billion in 2011 and it employs approximately 11,000 people. Cargotec's class B shares are quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki under symbol CGCBV.

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