Telehandler goes electric

Battery Power Industries (BPI), battery driven mining vehicle specialists, has provided the battery drive system for Manitou, Southern Africa’s first electric telehandler.

BPI designed and implemented the conversion of the telehandler
from a diesel driven system to a fully electric system using Lithium Ion battery technology.

The MHT-790E electric telescopic handler has a lifting capacity of up to 9 tons and a lifting height of up to 6.84m. The machine is powered by a LiFePO4 (Lithium Iron Phosphate) battery, known to be one of the safest battery chemistry compositions for its thermal and chemical stability.

According to Calvin Coetzee, BPI Managing Director, the additional advantages of using this type of battery include its low cost, non-toxicity, the natural abundance of iron, safety characteristics and electrochemical performance. “In the MHT-790E electric telescopic handler, all of these advantages culminate in a machine with zero emissions and far less heat being produced, which protects the health and safety of those working in confined areas. It also has a battery life expectancy of 3 000 cycles and continuous battery shift time of 8 hours.

This combined with a high speed charging time of 90 minutes or on-board charging time of 8 hours ensures an uninterrupted work shift,” he concludes.

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