Hyster Li-ion container handler in development

Hyster's electric innovations. Credit: Hyster Hyster's electric innovations. Credit: Hyster

Hyster has unveiled more details of its all-electric laden container handler currently in development at the TOC Europe exhibition.

Jan-Willem van den Brand, director big truck product strategy & solutions for the company, explained that the first options available will be powered by lithium-ion battery only. Then, in the future, once fuel cell technology is fully developed, there will be a choice of three options: lithium-ion battery only; a combination of a small battery plus a fuel cell engine; or a medium battery with a fuel cell engine.  

“Lithium-ion battery capacity is not likely to be sufficient as a long-term solution for very intense applications without opportunities to re-charge during the shift,” said Mr van den Brand. “This is where a fuel cell powered engine can come in.”

In development

The first truck in development is a 52-tonne capacity laden container handling unit powered by lithium-ion battery, which is expected to achieve similar full shift performance to the manufacturer’s diesel-powered, container-handling trucks.

Combining a battery with a fuel cell engine that acts as an on-board generator will allow units to support continuous operation while providing zero emissions.

Hyster sees a near future where ports and heavy industry will be able to electrify their entire big truck fleets.

It has also recently launched its new H11XM-ECD8 empty container handler primarily for inland terminal operations.

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