Konecranes launches heavy-duty E-VER electric forklift

Konecranes launches heavy-duty E-VER electric forklift

Konecranes has introduced a heavy-duty version of its flagship E-VER electric forklift for lifting capacities of 18-25 tonnes.

The new 18-to-25-tonne Konecranes E-VER is designed for heavy-duty industrial applications, with low energy consumption and zero tailpipe emissions, featuring a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pack that fuels the truck’s electric motors.

Adaptable to the local power grids, it reportedly allows fast charging in under an hour top-ups from braking energy during busy work shifts, and slower charging when not in use.

The combination of high voltage and low current reduces energy consumption and losses, allowing the truck to use up to 90 per cent of available energy. When the battery can no longer hold enough charge to run the motors, this can be repurposed as a power reserve at charging stations, or a backup power supply if regular sources fail. At the end of its life cycle, Li-ion batteries can be taken apart for recycling.

The truck is equipped with several safety features, including a battery management system (BMS) that monitors battery condition, a thermal management system (TMS) that controls the battery and always keeps it at the right temperature, and a protective frame around the battery to prevent physical damage in the event of a collision.

The Konecranes E-VER is a Smart Connected Lift Truck, using TRUCONNECT to collect real-time data on a wide range of variables, including battery charge monitoring and estimated truck autonomy; energy consumption per lift, distance or load; the amount of energy recovered from braking; and alarms, alerts and other diagnostics.

“Higher capacity on the E-VER is the next step on the road to zero tailpipe emissions across all of our lift trucks portfolio,” said Jeffrey Stokes, Director Product and Technology Management, Lift Trucks, Konecranes.

“As the global market transitions to carbon neutrality, an even broader environmental responsibility is clear.

“We have a product road map to deliver the right products at the right time, paving the way to a decarbonised and circular world by eliminating emissions in the entire value chain from production to usage and eventually enabling repurposing and efficient recycling.”

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“Konecranes has received a Gold rating from EcoVadis three years in a row, which shows that we are a leader in sustainability,” said Andreas Falk, Senior Vice President, Lift Trucks, Konecranes.  

“Focusing on electrifying the offering is an enabling factor. Major industry awards like this help spark customer enthusiasm as we bring them the latest developments in our technology.

“Soon our customers will be able to enjoy the benefits of electrification and power up for the future through every one of our lift truck models.”

Just recently, Konecranes purchased the operations of German crane and service supplier Kocks Kranbau, gaining access to new European and global clients.

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