How to electrify an off-highway industrial vehicle

Written by Peter Church on 06 Feb 2019

There’s no doubt about it – the future is electric.

As the latest EU Stage V emissions regulations for off-highway vehicles come into play, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are facing mounting pressure to clean up their act with hybrid or electric solutions.

R&D is not limited to the area of propulsion, however, with electric motors and drives also seen increasingly as a higher-performing alternative to hydraulics for the smooth, efficient and precise control of machines and attachments.

When developing a new hybrid or all-electric off-highway vehicle, partnering with an experienced supplier can reap huge rewards in terms of performance, cost and time to market.

Addtech, with its comprehensive group of daughter companies in the machine propulsion and control area, brings a wealth of experience and expertise.

Adigo specialises in electric motors and drivelines, also providing batteries and charging systems through its subsupplier and fellow Addtech company Celltech. 

MCS can assist with the electronic throttle controls; Caldaro offers the latest electronic joysticks and multi-function grips; and Sittab supplies the electrified and digitised seat accessories. FB Chain can provide leaf chain for boom or mast lifting functions, if needed.

Specialist knowledge and optimum design

Together, these companies offer almost all the components needed to electrify an off-highway vehicle – and can supply them as kits in a consolidated shipment, making logistics and assembly simpler, quicker and easier.

They also like to become involved in the R&D process as soon as possible – to offer their specialist knowledge and skills in specifying the optimum design and specification for their respective component or system, and producing a customised solution for customers if required.

Emission-free loading

One recent success story for the group is the Addtech internal collaboration on the all-electric battery-powered e6 loader from Finnish OEM Avant Tecno.

The emission-free loader has an operating weight of 1.4-1.6t and is ideal for small lifting, loading and transporting jobs in agricultural and industrial applications.

Often the biggest challenge for OEMs in commercialising a new hybrid or all-electric model is balancing performance, reliability and cost – but, with the help of Addtech daughter companies, Avant Tecno has produced a machine that is attractive to end-users and viable for series production.

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Topics: Industrial vehicles

Peter Church

Written by Peter Church

Peter has in-depth knowledge of leaf chain and its applications. His 25 years experience in supplying UK manufacturing companies has given a detailed understanding of customer needs, and this has shaped the way he has taken FB chain.