Hiab, the leading provider of on-road load handling equipment, has partnered with Dutch electric vehicle manufacturer EMOSS to debut a fully electric skiploader concept vehicle at this year’s Freight in the City Expo taking place on 7 November in London.
EMOSS has provided an EMS 1820 fully electric truck, while Hiab has fitted its MULTILIFT Futura 12 skiploader onto the chassis along with an ePTO (electric Power Take-Off) solution – making the whole operation of truck and skiploader 100% electric.
Hiab product manager, Alastair Evans, believes it will be mostly of interest to commercial vehicle operators involved in urban deliveries or looking to do out-of-hours operations.
“It’s clean and quiet, so would be ideal for early hours skip deliveries when builders need them in an inner-city residential area,” says Evans.
“This concept vehicle is the first of its kind, and if the demand is there then it could certainly go into production,” he adds.
The EMOSS 1820 truck is designed to travel over 150km and undertake 10 operational cycles on one full charge. The distance can be increased if a larger power unit is supplied, but a longer chassis wheelbase is required.
Hiab will also showcase its own ePTO that enables Hiab equipment – loader cranes and skiploaders – to be operated with the vehicle engine switched off.
Comprising of a battery, an electric motor, a hydraulic pump and a smart electronic control system, the ePTO reduces noise levels, lessens environmental impact and improves energy efficiency compared to a diesel-powered system.
Exhibiting at Freight in the City Expo for the third consecutive year, Hiab will also be showing its electric truck-mounted forklift – the MOFFETT E4.
The MOFFETT E-Series was launched two years ago and runs on a lithium-ion battery. Along with being emission free, it is also silent, making it perfect for urban deliveries where access is restricted and low noise is paramount.
Rogier van der Linde, Hiab UK and Ireland MD, said: “At Hiab we are looking to shape and inspire industry with solutions to the challenges of delivering in urban environments. Freight in the City gets us in front of the right people and gives us the opportunity to showcase what we’ve been developing over the last 12 months. Legislation is changing at a fast pace and we want to be at the forefront of technological change, so it’s important for us to attend events like this to speak to industry leaders and understand what the next big challenges are going to be.”
Freight in the City Expo takes place on 7 November 2017 at Alexandra Palace, London. See Hiab at Stand V07.
Entry to Freight in the City Expo is free. Show opening times are 09.00 – 17.00.