Deutz and Manitou introduce electric telehandler

By: Chris McCullough

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  • Plant & Equipment

Manitou and Deutz have introduced two telehandlers; one as a hybrid and another with full electric system machine

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A new team player for electric construction machinery has emerged onto the market with a prototype telehandler.

Joining forces, Manitou and Deutz have introduced two telehandlers; one as a hybrid and another with full electric system machine to meet increasing demand for such vehicles.

This is the first time Deutz has incorporated prototype electric drives into Manitou equipment and as a result the Manitou MT 1135 has now been launched as a prototype.

Deutz say it has provided a modular product portfolio for electric drives, which allows customers to choose the combination of combustion engine, electric motor, battery and power electronics best suited to their needs.

Plus, should the customer require it, a pure electric drive system is also available on request.

Both manufacturers say their goal is to produce a machine that demonstrates a significant increase in efficiency which will reduce overall running costs, fuel consumption and emissions in equal measure.

The full-electric Manitou MT 1135 telehandler is equipped with a 360-volt vehicle power supply and a 60 kW electric motor. The battery, with a generous 30 kWh capacity, ensures that the required level of energy is delivered. The MT 1335 normally comes with a 75 kW Deutz TCD 3.6 diesel engine.

For the hybrid prototype, this diesel engine has been replaced by a Deutz TCD 2.2, which generates 55 kW, plus a 20 kW electric motor. The electric system is provided with a 48-volt system voltage.

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The Manitou CEO is confident Deutz provides the essential expertise to development this electric telehandler.

Michel Denis, president and CEO of Manitou Group said: "It is the first full electric construction telehandler prototype that we realise thanks to Deutz, and we are proud to work in this explorative phase with a confident supplier.

"The integration of electric drives into our telehandlers is very encouraging for the future. Deutz has rapidly assumed a pioneering role in the field of electrification. It has the necessary expertise and knows our applications’ special requirements.

"This telehandler enables Manitou to enhance our existing hybrid and electric ranges. Innovation is really a part of Manitou Group’s DNA, and electrification allows us to match our CSR approach and our customers’ expectations."

Dr Frank Hiller, chairman of the Deutz AG board of management, added: "We initiated our e-Deutz strategy last autumn. So, we are now very proud to be carrying out the next step of electrification with Manitou Group.

"These joint studies reinforce our belief that we can provide the market with the right solutions and to positioning ourselves as the market leader for innovative drive systems," he said.

There are no current details available on when these electric vehicles will come into production.


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